Hi all. What a day!! You may have seen on the news what treacherous roads & pavements we woke up to here in Stoke. Everywhere covered in thick black ice. Hubby called me from work at 7am (he walks to work at 5.30am) to let me know how awful it was. He only has to go a short distance which normally doesn't take very long, but took him 45 mins today. I think he slid all the way there. The roads were just as bad as the pavements and he saw a few accidents even at that time in the morning. He told me to stop in and keep the kids home. But 'Oh' I thought 'It can't be all that bad!' So after I finally managed to scrape the sheet of ice from my windscreen and nearly fell on my bum (several times), and sprinkled a whole tub of table salt on the drive just so the kids could get to the car...off we went!
Well how wrong was I?? Never been so scared in my life. Cars weren't stopping at junctions, including mine! Thank god the roads were eerily quite for a Friday morning. I think most either turned back and went home, or were sensible (unlike me) and didn't bother go out. I saw so many people go head over heels and saw SEVEN ambulances, and numerous police cars just on the school run! So scary! When we got to school, there was a male teacher literally pulling everyone through the gates one by one. Like skiing without skis! No way could you walk! Hardly any of the teachers made it in or were late, and only half the kids turned up. Wish I never bothered. Was so glad to get home in one piece. We had no post at all today. They couldn't have managed their rounds..no way! I did have a courier parcel this afternoon though when it began to thaw a bit. The driver said he's been in the job for 27 years and had never seen anything like how it was this morning! Honestly you'd have to see it to believe it! Apparently there were over a hundred & twenty 999 calls between 7.30 and 11am in the Stoke area...and over 90 of those were for fall victims alone! The radio said our area normally only gets about forty-three 999 calls in a whole day!
I'm completely laid up too, with terrible bad throat & the glands are all out in my neck. So, so glad it's the school hols now. But I feel sorry for hubby who has to go out in it again at 5.30 in the morning.
Hope it's not too bad where you are!