The first surprise was to discover my door lock was now working again, yippee! I could un-strap the door and get in and out with out feeling like a contorsionist.
Getting out of our car park wasn't so good, nothing new there, but even the main roads were pretty bad in parts. I reckon well be lucky to be back at school tomorrow, but fingers crossed.
When the weather is like this it's not so bad getting somewhere on the main road, but there's really no where to stop. All the lay-bys are filled with drifted or ploughed snow and most of the farm track entrances are too. Anyway I was very wary where I parked. Checking I'd be going back down on to the road and working my way in reverse off the road, reversing up and down a few times as I went so that I was pretty sure I'd get out. Shovel at the ready too!
My first stop was just above Fora Ness, an island in Dales Voe with two tombolos connecting it to the mainland, one of them being a twin tombolo.
Looking south-west up Dales Voe: The twin tombolo of South Ayre
Looking north-east towards Lunna Holm (left) at the end of Lunna Ness
Next stop was down at the start of Dales Voe at a small nature area just off the A968. A lovely area of young planted trees, picnic benches and bird feeding areas on the egde of the wetland as The Burn of Sandgarth enters the voe. I had to park a bit of a way from the normal access to it. Walking back along the road to it I noticed a lorry coming. The road was covered in slush and snow, so expecting the worst I stood in the verge, back to road, hood up, and waited to get a bit of a splattering. With a whole road and no other traffic the lorry stuck rigidly to my side of the road and I got a real good splattering of road slop. Cheers Mr Lorry Driver and happy Christmas to you too.
Looking north-east up Dales Lee from the nature area
Looking inland over the nature area, the road continues to Voe
By now the weather was catching up with me again. I could see the next snow shower headed up the voe, so it was time to head back to the car.
Going forwards is too easy for some!
But it's still fun