I promise to write and post pictures about our South African trip, but before that, I feel compelled to write about our snow.

We arrived back yesterday to a temperature of -13 C! That is cold. The only time I been exposed to colder temperatures, was in Norway where it was -27 C. But there you expect it. Currently the temperature is -6 C, but it is supposed to feel -12 C.

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I think that is due to humidity or something. I don’t really understand it, although my Norweigian friend, Kathrine, did try to explain it to me once.

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I have taken a few pictures at home and in the Devisdale park, just to give you an idea of what it is like here at the moment. This is our driveway:
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And this is our front garden. I think we can assume that all our flowers have died!

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The roads are pretty treacherous, but we are lucky to live on quite a major road which has been gritted. My car, however, is still completely covered in snow. I haven’t needed to use it yet. I shall wait until Sunday to see whether some of it has melted, otherwise, I will need to clear some of it off, ready to go to work on Monday morning. I can’t say that I am looking forward to that trip. The motorway will be gritted, but not sure about the smaller roads …
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Everyone who has been living through the extreme low conditions have had enough of it. They just want it to end, but as we have just arrived to it, I am not (yet) of the same opinion. Today, for example, I am planning to wear my snow clothes, and build a snow-castle. We’ll see how I get on.
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I spoke to Lisa last night. Her pipes are frozen, so she hasn’t any water. I have offered that she come and bath and shower here, but she hasn’t taken me up on the offer as yet. Ideally she could just come and live here as she lives on a small country lane, but of course she has a cat to look after, so she can’t.
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This is the plan of the Devisdale Sunken gardens.

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And this is what the sunken gardens currently look like …

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Here you can see how deep the snow is at points.

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I had better go and get ready now, as I need to walk into town in the snow in about 30 hours to go and have my nails done!