Thursday, 17 December 2009


I woke up this morning to a white world. It looked absolutely lovely, but it made cycling to work a bit harder. The salters (or gritters) and sweepers hadn't passed yet and if they had, they had done their job before the first snowflake had come down. So I had to be careful not to fall off my bike. I managed though and when I arrived at work, I found that some sweet colleague had put my coach indoors.

When we arrived at our starting point (after needing nearly an hour for a half hour trip), the big question coming from the teachers was: "Should we go to Cologne?" Four coaches were waiting for nearly two hundred pupils to go to a Yule-tide market in Cologne, Germany. The reason the teachers asked us was the weather and the traffic conditions. All that snow meant there was over 650 km (400 miles) of traffic jams. The longest one being 60 km (40 miles)! We didn't have to take that route, but all the routes were choc-a-bloc full! By the time we would be able to get to Cologne, the children would have about three hours to do their assignments, before we would try to return to the Netherlands. In the end we didn't go!

Right now there's about 20 cm (8 inches) of snow. I guess. It could be more. Fortunately the road back home was a bit easier because of the gritters and/or the sweepers. Getting home early also meant I finally was able to decorate my tree. I had put the tree up two days ago, but it was a bit wobbly. Then, last night I steadied and put the lights in. Which didn't work! So, I had to get new lights today as well and decorate.

The only thing left to do now is writing and sending my Christmas cards...


  1. i want snow for christmas so send some here to colorado
    never know what the weather will do here
    i like your tree

  2. Where did you go? Did they have a alternate destination picked out?

  3. @Cry: We're keeping the snow over here, thank you very much! I can't remember the last time we had a white Christmas over here...

    @Anvilcloud: I went home! They didn't want another destination, because apart from the fun of the market, they also had to complete assignments on the city of Cologne. Going to a nearer city wouldn't work. So, they will probably reschedule.

  4. Your tree looks so pretty. I can't imagine riding a bike in the snow. I bet the snow looks beautiful. Glad you didn't have to make that drive. Do you still get paid?


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