the nation feels the strain

It is not just the farmers that are feeling the strain. The whole nation appears to be ice bound.. see this picture … However the good news is that the farmers have actually been mentioned on sky news albeit in terms of a potential milk shortage as some milk tankers can’t get through. At the end of the TV news story the work the farmers do was actually mentioned in a positive way. Hooray!

We have snow flurries and increased wind which is now starting to move the existing snow in little bursts across the fields. Not a good sign.

I grew up under the tutelage of a mother with a siege mentality over kitchen supplies, and this has rubbed off on to me to a certain extent.  It is useful, but even in the 80’s we all kept much bigger supplies than we do now.

This arctic interlude [it has gone on far too long to call a snap] may change the nations shopping habits for a while as the memory of this will linger for quite a while and may become the stuff of legends as the 1947 storm did.

One late and dear farmer friend had two daughters, one born in the storm of 1947, and the other in the storm of 1963. ” That’s it” he was heard to say ” I’m having no more daughters”, tragically all the people in this story are gone now and yet the memory of the story of their births and his absolute delight in their safe arrival lingers, even now.

What tales will eventually be told of this meteorological challenge that has affected Britain?

In ‘blogland’ they can be told immediately and also very widely read. In the earlier mentioned storms it took weeks and weeks before any stories could be told. Telephones were still not common in 1947 in rural areas and there were not any gatherings at the markets because everyone was stuck.  What I remember from the tales of ’47 is the depth of the snow, frequently up to telegraph pole height. Tunnels were dug from farm houses to the buildings to see to the livestock. Somehow the weeks from January to March were endured and the stories have lasted too for two generations.

I had often thought that a similar scenario in the 21st Century would be easier to cope with on account of modern machinery and technology and yet I think the pictures on the news from 1963 look remarkably similar to the pictures of 2010.

We do however have the 24 hr TV news so long as we have electricity. I do feel for those enduring long power cuts as I once lived at a farm where the power went off several times every winter, sometimes for days [in those days we had an Aga and open fires in every room] and I still keep a cellar full of gas lamps, just in case.


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  1. I was an agric student and I so remember the days when it was snow bound and having to trduge up the hill to feed the sheep only a mile or so – oh the joy when the farmer let us use the new quad bike!

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