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It’s been a miserable day weather-wise here at Bigland Towers. Whilst having a lazy Sunday is no bad thing there’s been little incentive to venture far. Whilst the snows have (mostly) been washed away as the temperature has crept far enough up the scale to allow perpetual rain, conditions underfoot have been bloody awful. Earlier this afternoon I decided to head out this afternoon to pick up some foodstuffs, plus salt – in order to stop our front steps turning into a trip hazard. Heading up the cobbled hill behind the house made me realise just how hazardous conditions were – despite the rain. Black ice was everywhere, so climbing the hill then descending the other side was ‘interesting’ to say the least. I didn’t pass many other folk on foot – just a couple of hardy dog-walkers. All of us swapped tips about which bits of road or pavement to avoid. En-route I passed a couple of people learning to drive. I couldn’t work out if this was good training or utter madness!

Having made it to the shops safely I decided to take the long way home that avoided the cobbled hill. I had to traverse some local woods instead but figured conditions underfoot would be less treacherous. It was a wise decision. Plus, I managed to avoid some of the Yorkshire stone pavements. They may look pretty but give me tarmac any day as the stone turns into skating rinks at the first sign of moisture – never mind ice. Looking at conditions I suspect the Royal Calderdale A&E department will be working at full tilt tonight.

Now I’m back in the warm. Dawn’s busy wrapping presents to take with her down to the family Christmas in Surrey whilst I’ve been ordering DIY supplies on the internet as I’ll be using the Xmas interregnum to do work to the cottage whilst I’m the only occupant. I’m glad ordering was so easy as earlier today I downloaded Windows 11 to update my computer. Installing a new Operating System’s always an anxious time but it went without a hitch. Well, as far as I can tell anyway. Unlike previous OS changes all my major programmes and plug-ins work and the only worry I have is learning how to navigate through the new buttons. Time will tell…

The weather is due to be crap again tomorrow, so it looks like another day in the office for me but Tuesday should see me venturing over to Southport to catch up with my family before Christmas (in-between rail strikes). Right now, I’ll leave you with the picture of the day which is a look over the Calder Valley after slipping and sliding up that bloody hill! Thanks to the Yorkshire weather you never know what you’re going to see (mainly because a lot of the time you can see bugger-all). Today, it lived up to the old adage. It’s grim up North…

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