Let It Snow!

My morning view, 7am, January 13th.  What will my week have in store.

My morning view, 7am, January 13th. What will my week have in store?

So it does snow in the East Midlands, and it can snow a lot.  This past week has been cold, icy, and snowy.  School over here is not affected by weather.  We were informed that school stays open all day, everyday, even if it snows.  If it will take us longer to get to work, then leave earlier.  The same expectation for children.  In Portland when there is snow school can be affected either by having a late opening, or closed for the day outright.  Snow days can be made up at the end of the school year if needed, but Portland tends to shut down, or slow down significantly, when the flakes begin to fall.

Frozen cobwebs.

Frozen cobwebs.

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Going into town for the afternoon.  Things slow way down when there is snow, but we found our local to be quite crowded and jolly.

Going into town for the afternoon. Things slow way down when there is snow, but we found our local to be quite crowded and jolly.

Today we drove out to Kibworth to visit Cindy Hardy and her family.  They live in a single family, detached home.  We were slightly jealous.  We drove out to the Foxton Locks to see the locks and to go for a walk…in the snow.

Rachel Hardy, Zachary, and Annika at the Foxton locks.  The ducks were hoping for a handout.

Rachel Hardy, Zachary, and Annika at the Foxton locks. The ducks were hoping for a handout.

We are debating whether or not to hire a canal boat in May and tour a section of locks.  There are locks all over the country.  The Foxton locks are quite impressive and look difficult to pass to a novice like me.

We are debating whether or not to hire a canal boat in May and tour a section of locks. There are locks all over the country. The Foxton locks are quite impressive and look difficult to pass to a novice like me. Arch Stanton is the grave of the soldier in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

With Cindy Hardy.  We have a lot in common, both having families over here.  Her husband stays in Chicago and comes out every now and again.

With Cindy Hardy at the Bridge 61 pub right on the locks.  It was full of locals who live year-round on their canal boats.  A motley bunch, but they hold good conversations and found us over here to be an exciting opportunity for everyone. 

We had homemade chili for dinner, and gingerbread for pudding.  We have not had proper chili since we left the US.  Her twin boys are big eaters, so the three of us found time to discuss foods that we have discovered since being here.  They had haggis in Scotland and liked it, and they enjoy curries as well.

Cindy teaches at the high school level.  We found much common ground in our experiences as both teachers abroad and as parents abroad.  We both felt that our own schools could be a bit more accepting of the fact that we are not British and that we are culturally different.  She has responsibilities that I don’t have, and I have responsibilities that she does not have, such as teaching swimming, sewing, and French.  She had no idea that I was responsible for such a varied education for my students and was impressed that I have survived this long!!

We hope to do more with them, including possibly swapping our houses for a weekend. Kibworth is larger than a village, but smaller than Melton.  They found Melton to be HUGE when they visited.

Driving home tonight was a little difficult.  Cars over here do not carry chains.  Roads are gritted by the gritters, but mostly only the main roads. We drove on the country roads most of the way home.  Roads are not chemically treated.  Ice was beginning to build up.

We are only 30 minutes from Kibworth, but the drive home was close to 45 minutes due to me driving slow enough to not skid out and roll over, which we unfortunately saw had happened to one car on the side of the road.  My exchange partner’s car has AWD, so it does handle pretty good, though I will leave for work an extra 15 minutes early to insure that I arrive in time.  It is still snowing as I type, and coming down pretty good…

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3 thoughts on “Let It Snow!

    • Small hills and dales. Rolling countrysides. Old cart and footpaths that they paved over when the automobile was invented.

      Sent from the Sturges iPad

      Jsturgesabroad.wordpress.com

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