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.
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.
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…