April 11, 2006

The M1, snow and orange flavoured Turkish delight…amongst other things

Remember me telling you that my parents got broadband at home? Well I did…how rude of you not to remember. Anywhooo I tried to talk them through it over the phone and I tried to connect to my home computer remotely etc but to little progress and lots of frustration. Essentially I'm an obsessive compulsive and nowhere more so than in the area of computers. I need computers to be completely perfect and tidy and organised etc etc etc and I couldn't stand the idea of my home computer being messy with icons etc all over the place.

So on Saturday I decided I would drive back up to Gateshead and sort it out and come back on the Sunday. Apparently it was snowing when I was on the phone to my mam telling her and it got worse from there. I never saw any of it; in fact I had lovely sunshine all the way up. However, I did see it on Look North in the evening and it was mighty impressive. Anywhooo got it all sorted and also picked up my easter stuff as I wouldn't be home for it and neither would be my parents who are off to Jersey or somewhere. That's where the orange flavoured Turkish delight comes into it incidentally! I got it from my god mother. I still haven't had any but I'm sure it's lovely. I like Turkish delight…someone told me they thought it tasted like eating cushions recently…hmmm.

Coming back down on the Sunday it was lovely when I left Gateshead and stayed that way until some distance into County Durham when all of a sudden it was a blizzard all the way down to junction 18 where I came off. It was a pretty stop and start journey due to the snow and rain etc. At one point I realised that I couldn't see a bloody thing in front of me which was rather scary. What made it worse was that all of a sudden out of the gloom appeared this car…driving without any lights on! I couldn't believe it! In addition to this do you know those big motorway signs that tell you things like 'Caution – Queue ahead' when you're already sitting in stationary traffic? Well they were very helpfulling telling us 'Spray – Slow down' this when I could barely see the white lines never mind anything else. Whenever we passed one of these signs though all of a sudden the traffic would slow down and bunch up until a little while later when everyone forgot the message and speeded up again.

Now a motorway's a motorway but when I got off the motorway and started driving through some of the little villages etc on the way to Leam the snow had made them all very pretty indeed…not that they're not pretty without the snow. At a number of points I wanted to take pictures but due to either having cars behind me or having no good place to stop I missed out. However, there was one opportunity…so for your delights I took this you lucky people…

I noticed that the national news didn't cover any of the snow (or at least not that I saw) until they had 6 inches in the south which all of a sudden made the bulletins…hmmmm.

Oooo does anyone want any Orange flavoured Turkish delight?

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  1. I do, please

    11 Apr 2006, 18:33

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