It's really, really pretty around these parts. And quiet. Very quiet. No buses, few lorries and fewer tourists. We have been fortunate. It snows during the nights and there's wall-to-wall sunshine during the days. It was a little breezy, but that's gone away.
Marie's anxiety level is lower than usual in snowy surroundings. I expected her to be asking her usual What If (...ambuances can't get into the area? ...the shops run out of food? ...our cars get blocked in? etc.) questions, but they have been thin on the ground. She's remarkably settled and only checks the online BBC weather forecast a few times per day (lol).
The children are off school. First of all there was too much snow and the teachers couldn't get into the school. Now the playground is too icy. I expect they'll be off again tomorrow - probably because they'll think that it's not worth opening for only one day... The children are loving it. They toboggan on the hills, slide on the ice and have snowball fights.
Some of my staff haven't been able to make it to work, so I have to do a lot more work at the "customer interface" (business jargon). Which I'm able to do, since there are no school runs at the moment.
Everyone in our area is in good spirits. Yes, the weather is causing some inconveniences, but everything looks so beautiful that it compensates for this. The local police have only one 4x4 vehicle, so they are pottering around their offices, spring cleaning . The few naughty people who live around here prefer to break the law in better weather. This is a laid-back sort of area. No high-powered, time-regulated, stressed-out, big business tycoons live here!
One of my branches is 25 miles from here, but the main road is closed for road works. The alternative is a route through scenic Exmoor, adding about 10 miles to the journey. However, the roads in Exmoor are mostly blocked with snow and/or ice, so I have to take an alternative route using only main roads. Now the journey is 80 miles!
Apart from having to do that long alternative hourney a couple of times, life is good around here!
The pictures were taken about a mile from my home. In the one below, South Wales is visible on the horizon across the sea. Click on the pictures if you want to see them somewhat larger.