Saturday, 3 March 2018

Is Somerset Shut?


I haven't seen my nephew and his wife in ages and a trip up to Somerset pretty near to where this guy hangs out beside the M5 motorway has been planned since before Christmas.  We're due there today and were going to head out after breakfast this morning.  In spite of the grim weather I hadn't ruled out making the journey yesterday.  'You're bloody mad.' said 'My Boys' and 'My Other Boys'.  I'd met them in the pub for the meat draw.  I didn't win a sausage.  Ha! Geddit?!

What my friends don't give me credit that I risk assess anything important.  I may  seem outwardly blase but underneath the fluffiness there's a sensible head on these shoulders.  I'll take the necessary measures to stay safe.   As a starter I've just peeped at the  M5 motorway camera at Taunton.  Yikes! Setting off soon would be way too scary even if there isn't many daft buggers on the road.  There's still a yellow weather warning in place for ice that puts my mental brakes on too.   We'll aim to arrive this afternoon instead of nice and early. The other thing is that where we're going in impassable to 4x4s or tractors.  So a little stroll will be needed with rucksacks and supplies to avoid a 'highly likely' event of a Czech built car being impacted into a hedgerow.

Is Somerset shut?  Maybe.  But I'm planning on giving the metaphorical door a good shove just to see!  The village shop near whether my nephew lives looks like it has been ransacked.  He's hoping that I can bring goodies with me if we decide its a goer.  Operation Willow Man seems to be on.  Auntie to the rescue! I promise that it can be postponed if danger to life, limb and a little blue Skoda looks anywhere near likely.  

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  1. We have been pretty much shut for the past few days, Julie (we live not far from the Wicker Man), had been more or less marooned in our little hamlet since Wednesday. It's a few degrees warmer now though and the snow is just starting to melt. Husband went out this morning to take an elderly neighbour to her son's house, he said a car was stuck down the lane (single track lanes in this very rural farming area) and was in the process of being pulled out by a neighbour with a big 4x4. Husband said the major roads are passable with extreme care, everywhere is still very icy. Take care!

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    1. Safe and well! Have left the car in North Petherton and walked to the hamlet where my nephew lives. xx

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    2. Great, glad you got there safely. There's a lovely butchers in N.Peth. As you've no doubt seen, it's all starting to melt now that we've had some rain and the temp has risen by several degrees! By the way, he is actually called the Willow Man, I just call him Wicker Man as he reminds me of the big one in the horror film with Nicolas Cage!

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    3. Yes I think the beef that we ate last night came from there. Wicker Man is a much better name. xx

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  2. You are one brave woman!
    I hope it all goes well. So you have to shop for supplies first and then head off? JanF

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    1. My journey on Thursday felt much braver....or more stupid! Yesterday's was a breeze. The only slightly hairy bit was negotiating my way around abandonned cars on the Totnes-Paignton road near home. xx

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  3. Well we escaped Dorset on Thursday afternoon in our Trusty Silver Skoda, just before the A31 became totally gridlocked. We couldnt believe what happened there, literally minutes after we'd driven out. Now holed up in snowy Norfolk till Wednesday. I do hope you can get through safely x

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    1. You were very fortunate! The main roads were fairly okay yesterday. xx

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  4. I was a bit worried for you-I don't think I would have dared to but I know you had done a risk assessment first.As a teenager snow never stopped me driving to the disco though x

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    1. Yes lots of us were probably more reckless as teenagers. You need not have feared. I was going to turn back if the journey had the potential of becoming hairy. We consulted travel websites and traffic cameras on the way. xx

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