Elderly people like my 80 yo mother would much rather it wasnt there at all no matter how pretty it looks. She has been unable to leave her home since before New Year and is fast running out of food. My sons who would normally do some shopping for her if she is ill and unable to go out cannot get to her as they live several miles away and the roads are impassable. She has telephoned the local supermarkets to see if any of them will deliver but they won't. So what do elderly people have to do to get food in these conditions? So much for caring Britain.It may be very cold, and causing untold havoc with schools closed, and transport chaos etc, but it is a very, very beautiful picture isn't it?
We've been keenly watching the news as my parents are due to fly back next week (if they can) and Age Concern is urging the government to make an increase to the heating allowance for the elderly - eat or heat situation. The milkmen are starting their rounds at 1am to ensure people are getting their deliveries, gawd bless 'em, and their is evidence of people helping out in the most cut-off communities as well - meals on wheels are struggling with their deliveries, but appear to be getting through as it's all that many unfortunate elderly people have to look forward to - a bit of company and a hot meal. The satellite picture of UK under a blanket of snow is absolutely incredible - but I'm sure it's striking fear into many hearts as it's going to go on for a while longer yet.Veronica, I didn't intend to belittle the difficulties being experienced by people struggling in these conditions. You must be very worried about your mum. Perhaps you could contact your mother's local social services or even Help the Aged might be able to advise?
I saw an article on the news the other day which was showing a street in the south east where neighbours were helping each other out during the bad weather, so I do think there still is a 'caring Britain'. My OH has not made it back this weekend because of the weather. Whilst stuck in the UK, he is helping out, and I'm sure he won't be the only one.
Bitterly cold here, but sunny and fine. Saw snow on the surrounding hills yesterday for the first time. Most beautiful sight is always the Pyrennees draped in snow across the bay. One of winters delights.Beautiful sunny day here in Mijas, although temperatures are down. Its a welcome break from the deluge of rain we have been having right through December, and more due over the next few days. I'm looking forward to being able to go for a run along the front, and taking the dog out for a lovely long walk. The rain doesn't half leave you house bound doesn't it!
Same situation here. The Monday before Christmas it snowed, everything ground to a halt here, in this town I mean. Around about they were gritting the roads at three in the morning to make sure people could get to work, kids to school etc. Here two men were seen chucking salt out of the back of a lorry at 12 o' clock midday!!Yes - gritting lorries exist. It was quite laughable watching Galician news - they were talking about about 400kgs (should be a couple of tons really) - hmmm not exactly prepared!! Then yesterday, Proteccion Civil were going around the lanes - two guys standing on the back of the truck chucking out handfuls of salt.
I'm seriously beginning to doubt that there is a Mrs. H. What women could put up with this!!!???????????:confused2:I'll ask Mrs H...she looks like she was around about that time...is that when crones and witches were were quite common..????
Yep! After 10 mins of "news" of how it's snowed in Navacerrada - local SKI resort for goodness sake, I too feel like shreeching at the tv.The theory is that because the climates in these countries are generally mild compared to Central and Eastern Europe people are ill-equipped to deal with extreme cold.
It could well be true and let's face it, we do make an awful fuss about cold weather. I feel like screeching at the tv: 'It's winter! Sometimes it's cold!!!'