Daily Archives: 02/02/2009

Snow comes to the UK

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I have been back in the UK now for seven days, leaving Malaysia on Chinese New Years day, the Year of the Ox.

My annual tax return had to be submitted by the 31st January, and I had meetings to attend, so I left the high temperatures and humidity, for the cold winter weather of the UK. I personally like the colder climate, as I can sit in front of a warm fire, cuddle up in a warm duvet, or go out walking, wrapping up in warm clothes, adding more as needed. The trouble with the hot climates that I can take no more clothes off as I work in the garden, the neighbours would object.

Today we are in for snow storms here in London. Already one of my meetings has been cancelled for tonight, as all buses have been cancelled, trains and underground distrusted, flights from the major UK airports coming to a standstill with flights canceled. Well, there will be few passengers as travelers cannot get to the airports anyway.

This is one thing strange about the UK. A little bad weather and the country comes to a virtual stop. Schools are closed, shops do not open, meetings are canceled. The British cannot cope with weather. The UK is not the only country that cannot take changes in weather. Turkey for example nearly comes to a stop if it rains.

Just to show those not in the UK, here are a couple of photographs taken today from the flat window.

Snow laying in London Road, Norbiton, Kingston upon Thames
Snow laying in London Road, Kingston upon Thames.
Who woke me up so early at 5am in the morning?
Snow laying in London Road, Kingston upon Thames
Snow laying in London Road, Kingston upon Thames.
9am in the morning, 2nd February 2009

Snow laying in the gardens of Norbiton Hall

Snow laying in the gardens of Norbiton Hall.

See other pictures of same view of London Road in the floods. Click here.
More snow to follow I am told.