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02 February 2009 @ 01:59 pm
*is confused by this turn of events*  
We've actually been sent home from work early. A very rare occurrence no matter what happens.

We opened this morning when we had about 1-2 inches on the ground but it's been snowing fairly consistently since then and that's doubled. The staff were all massively shocked when the message came round that we were shutting at 1pm but apparently it was the coach companies. They take a lot of our kids to outlying villages and have refused to pick them up any later than 2pm. So now I'm home and it's still snowing.

Personally I don't think it's that bad and we could have easily stayed in for the afternoon but we can't do anything when the coach companies put their foot down. Too many of our kids rely on them.

Here's some photo evidence of outside my house:





We've had it so much worse than that in the past so this is just a normal amount as far as I'm concerned. When it gets up to a foot then I'll start taking more notice!

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with_apostrophe: Goggleswith_apostrophe on February 2nd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
It's definitely MUCH worse than normal here. If you see my photo with tape measure, you can compare, because it would "normally" be an inch or less on my window sill. And it's still snowing. This is DIFFERENT!

I remember it snowing quite a bit 5-6 years ago when I was working in High Street Kensington, but this is considerably more snow.

Edited at 2009-02-02 02:15 pm (UTC)
The Hebridean Queen: Mina_Lukegnimaerd on February 2nd, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's still snowing here in Edinburgh. I had to walk through a pretty huge blizzard to get back from my first lecture, as well.

(Also, I LOVE your new header. ^_^)
doylefan22doylefan22 on February 2nd, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
I know! Isn't it just gorgeous?

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Leesetinselworm on February 2nd, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
My ex is a coach driver who does school runs around Surrey. They were grounded this morning: a) they couldn't even get the coaches out of the yard and b) it just wasn't safe, either for the kids or the drivers, who don't get paid nearly enough to risk their necks in conditions like this. I'm with them on that one.

That said, it doesn't look as bad where you are as it did there this morning.

Edited at 2009-02-02 03:07 pm (UTC)
doylefan22doylefan22 on February 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
No, I can totally see why they don't want to take the risk. It just surprises me that bearing in mind Kent isn't unused to snow, the roads weren't better prepared.
Leesetinselworm on February 2nd, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Good point. I'm not sure what the situation was with gritters etc in Surrey but there was too much snow for it even to make a dent, tbh. C sent me a pic this morning - there was over a foot of snow on top of his car. Bonkers.

His coach is automatic too, so, no low gears for going up hills and stuff.
keeping it vaguely imaginary...: chair // bloodphoenix__kali__ on February 2nd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Even with all the gritting by me the roads were so slippy. If I go to work at all tomorrow, it'll be on the train.