The plan was to stay overnight in the Barn, enjoy a day off in the countryside, then meet some of the neighbours at the Ceilidh in the village hall. Threat of snow was for those southerners in Kent.
Morning was mild, quiet, ideal for trip into Kendal before guests arrive for the afternoon. Just a few flakes as we set off to return.
Lovely snow in the afternoon, sticking nicely, transforming the scenery.
Oh dear, glad our friends have four wheel drive, this snow is proving quite treacherous.
We wave goodbye as our friends set off home. Ceilidh is cancelled. Quiet evening in before I set off for home later.
Knock on the door tells us friends are with us for the night. Four-by-four not enough to get up the hill.
Phone calls and service cover arranged.
Morning, and lovely scenery, but very difficult to accept and enjoy. I should be elsewhere, I shouldn’t have come, if only, this should happen to other people not me, when can we get out, who is going to help…
Meet the neighbours after all. Neighbours in need are neighbours indeed. Farmers have gritted. They have a snow plough that they bought and share. Learned a lot about winter tyres. Our cars seem to be the only ones without four wheel drive. Funny, that.
Return at lunchtime. Road was dicy, but navigable. Services covered, jokes shared, friends in need had friends indeed.
I have plans for you, he says.
Thanks. To The Three and you!