- Feb 12, 2013
- Germany, NRW
January brings the snow
Makes your feet and fingers glow ......
Good morning everybody,
in recent years, it has rarely snowed in this part of Germany, but when it does it causes chaos! Local bylaws dictate when and how often houseowners have to clear snow from paths in front of buildings (by 7 am in the morning until 7 pm and in between times whenever it stops actually snowing).
It started snowing here last Thursday, Friday brought the expected chaos but since then most people are sitting on their couches, taking their children out onto the hills for some tobogganing or skiing at the few overcrowded skilifts.
As usual, when I need them, my snow shovel falls apart, the garden broom has disappeared and I'm searching unsuccessfully at the back of the shed for material which I can use to scatter on the ice. Salt is no longer allowed and cat litter leaves such a mess to clear up later.
But, today I have had luck in my misfortune.
Yesterday, having cleared my 25 yards of snow, the snow plough drove down the road and threw large clumps of snow and ice back onto my pavement. My son-in-law cleared the path again but the snow plough returned in the opposite direction and I was back to square one. However, snow ploughs use salt and they had thrown a lot of salt onto my plot - I was the lucky one this morning with a lovely clean pathway. But my name will be mud among the dog-owners who walk by and take note of which environmentally-unfriendly, dog-haters are still using salt.
I liked snow when I was younger - less traffic on the road, the light, peace and everything clean and white. Now it is simply wet, cold, dirty and grey and a lot more hard work!
Do you like snow?