January 23rd, 2013


Out Into The Big White World

I saw a gritter going down our street a couple of days ago but it didn't leave any grit behind. In the past it would have done. Is this a sign of austerity measures beginning to bite?

I shared this thought with the postmaster. He wasn't having any of it. "No," he said. "They've got plenty of money. Look at all the drunks they're sending on foreign holidays." 

I saw this chap in a neighbour's front yard.


I had to venture out. The rabbits were running short of Wagg's Bunny Brunch. There's a layer of soft crunchy snow over a layer of ice and you have to be careful- especially in places where the crunchy stuff has been kicked away or trodden down into the ice- outside our front gate for example. The postmaster and I were agreed that there's a fortune to be out made out of a machine for clearing pavements. "You design it," he said. "And I'll drive it."

Keeping Warm

The BBC weatherman told us this was going to be an afternoon "When you'd be warmer climbing into your fridge".

We got our old folks' cold weather payment this morning. That's something they only hand over if the temperature has dipped below freezing for seven days at a stretch. We're very grateful. Even though we've got the thermostat set low the boiler has been running continuously. I'd rather not think what it must be costing.