Tuesday, January 05, 2010


We’re starting to forget what Fairy Towers looks like – we’ve not been there since before Xmas!

As the snowfall got heavier by the second on December 22, we decided it would be a good idea to head home at lunchtime, make a brew, wrap up and get out the laptop. Since then, we’ve not been back.

(That’s not out of laziness, may we add, it’s due to the fact that we physically can get nowhere near!)

We’ve attempted it. Victoria even parked on the main road on Sunday, planning to walk to her car early on Monday morning. Little did she know that somebody would, of course, park one inch away from her front bumper and somebody else would inevitably get even closer to her back one! Needless to say, she didn’t risk moving it – so we were home-based once more.

Tuesday brought even more snow to the city, with around five inches falling before midday, and even more expected by teatime. Usually we would laugh in the face of the weather, pull on our woolly hats and head out there but this morning the normal news reports of - “do not drive unless extremely urgent” - rung home when we couldn’t even open the car doors.

Working from home, we turned on the lunchtime news and couldn’t believe how much coverage a bit of snow was getting; the country had nose-dived into blind panic. #uksnow was a trending topic on Twitter and every Facebook status we could see was somebody else moaning about the weather! The fact is, and we hate to be blunt; it’s winter, it’s England - it snows. It’s been happening for millions of years – it’s not that shocking.

Why is it, then, that the whole world stops? Busses are cancelled, trams only running in the city centre, cars are smashing all over the place, grit-bins are totally empty… It’s not like we weren’t expecting it – it happens at this time of year.

Yes, it’s cold. Yes, it’s icy. Yes, it’s not safe to drive to work.

BUT there’s this wonderful thing called the Internet – meaning we will never leave your side.

It’s our Fairy duty.