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!