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Sunday, 18 January 2015

A wintery drive

Yesterday we headed out from Winwick onto the M62 and towards West Yorkshire to visit one of my best friends and her family for the afternoon.  We have one of those relationships where we don't see each other as often as we'd like to, but when we do meet up it's as if we saw each other only a few days ago, and I very much enjoy the time that we do get to spend together.

We'd already been in contact about the weather as there had been some heavy snow falls in the part of Yorkshire where they live, but as the day wore on we agreed that it wasn't as bad as we'd expected and we should be fine to make the journey.  The motorway webcams also showed that the roads were pretty clear so we set off.

As we drove further east, the wet fields and hedges on either side of the motorway began to take on a distinctly more wintery look.  I'm trying to get into the habit of taking my camera with me everywhere these days, and decided to see if I could take some photos out of the windows.  Small daughter took this one when we were playing with the settings; this is the sport setting.  It's not too bad, is it?



This was the view from my front passenger seat, watching the snow get thicker on the ground with every passing mile.


We passed Stott Hall Farm, situated between the east and west carriageways of the M62.  It fascinates us and we wonder every time we see it what it must be like to live there and farm so close to the motorway.  There was no sign of life when we drove by - anybody with any sense would surely be tucked up inside where it was warm!


Finally, we came off the motorway and took a quieter road.  The sun broke through the clouds and everywhere looked quite beautiful.


We turned off the main road and headed up over the hills.  You never quite know what the roads are going to be like here - sometimes they've been cleared by farm traffic and sometimes they haven't.


Yesterday, they hadn't and we met quite a few drivers struggling with the steep hills and the icy conditions.  In fact, we had a few hairy moments ourselves and we were very glad to find ourselves in my friend's village in one piece!


We had a lovely afternoon catching up and like all good things, it came to an end far too soon.  It had snowed again whilst we were there - so we chose a different way home.  We didn't fancy those icy hills in the dark!

10 comments:

  1. Glad you got there in one piece. I've always wondered about that house too

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    1. It must be very strange to live here and have to go under the motorway to get in and out! xx

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  2. I must admit to being a wimp about travelling in the snow and ice. I used to be a dab hand at it when I lived in Peak District but I'm getting on now and have lived over here so lost the knack.

    It looks cold but Yorkshire scenery always lovely. (PS not tried the sock yet BTW, need some peace and quiet for it.)

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    1. We certainly don't get as much snow in Winwick as my friend does in Yorkshire so it was an unusual experience for us to be driving in such snowy conditions, but the drive was really lovely. And yes, you do need a quiet moment to get your sock started! xx

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  3. I'm happy you had a safe trip with the snowy roads. The photos are beautiful. I heard on the news that you're expecting some frigid temperatures. Keep warm!

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    1. Yes, very low temperatures have been forecast so we'll see what happens over the next week or so! Hope you had some of that much-needed rain! xx

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  4. Beautiful photos, but the road looks quite slippy!!

    Have a nice week!

    Lluisa xx

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    1. Thank you - and you too! Stay warm! xx

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  5. The snow was still there on the Sunday evening when we drove home from Durham.... in the dark! so I had no chance to take any photos. Love the pictures, by the way. You've really caught the snowy atmosphere!

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    1. Thank you! It sounds like you might have had a hairy drive as well! Haven't been to Durham for years but it's a beautiful place, I really enjoyed visiting there xx

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