||[Dec. 12th, 2015|08:47 pm]
We were later than usual at the pool yesterday morning. Not much later, just the time it took to scrape the frost off the car, but enough that we werejust leaving as the primary school children were arriving. They were in their Christmas finery: nothing excessive, but a red Santa bonnet here, a tinsel edging there, plenty of red coats. Most eye-catching: a hat with a sort of roof-tile pattern, 'Merry Christmas' written on it, and a pair of booted legs waving out of the summit (or chimney, I suppose). Most effective use of understatement: a knitted elf cap, in green and red stripes, complete with a pair of pink knitted pointed ears.
Today we went shopping in heavy rain, which turned to sleet and carried on turning. We emerged from the covered market to find it snowing heavily, and it continued to snow for the rest of the adternoon. The weather forecast knew nothing of this, and informed us that we were experiencing heavy rain, with snow on the higher ground.
We interpret this as meaning that the roads are not being cleared, and decided not to risk the trip to Newcastle tonight, which is why we are at home now and not out partying.