I’m snowed in!


Julia's snowy gardenI'm often 'snowed under' with work, but in fifteen and a half years of working at QVC I've never been 'snowed in' – I guess there's a first time for everything, and Sunday night was that first time!

It started snowing a little in the morning, so I was sensible and filled up the car with petrol and popped my Northern Nights feather blanket in the back 'just in case'. I painted the final cupboard door and glossed the games room door (see my previous post), then sat down to watch the second half of the footie on Sky.

I'd just put the dinner in the oven and run a bath to get ready for work when Daniel came in and said it appeared we'd been teleported to Finland! There was a thick blanket of snow of four or five inches coating everything in sight, including the road out of our village.

I decided to leave for QVC straight away and gingerly made my way down the hill and headed for the roundabout that leads me on to the fairly flat main road into London. Oh dear – it'd already taken me 20 minutes to drive a stretch of road that normally takes me two! And even worse, the route I was planning to take was bumper to bumper as far as the eye could see.

I realised it was foolhardy to keep going so I carried on around the roundabout to head home… easier said than done. The hill I'd carefully negotiated down proved to be impossible to get back up, so I rolled the car back to the kerb and prepared to do the final half mile on foot.

That's when my 'knight in a shiny four-wheel drive' came to my rescue and offered to tow me up the hill – if you were that knight then THANK YOU!!! I eventually got back indoors about two hours after I'd left, having travelled a grand total of four miles! And a BIG thank you to Julian Ballantyne who stayed at QVC to cover my hours.

As I write this on Thursday afternoon we still have lots of lying snow – how is it in your part of the country?

Take care and keep warm!
Julia. xx.


  1. chantel briody February 5, 2009 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia
    I’m glad someone rescued you from the weather when you tried to get to QVC, hope you are ok now. It has been pretty rough here in St Helens, we had snow on Tuesday 3rd Feb and again today Thursday 5th of Feb and I have been grounded because of the weather and I can’t go out in my wheelchair in the snow as it isn’t safe, so my friend has been helping me.
    See you soon
    Chantel x

  2. Eleanor Cox February 6, 2009 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Morning Julia!
    Don’t know if you are still snowed in? If you are, hope you have enough food and are keeping warm!
    Looks like it’s Northampton’s turn to be transformed into a wintery wonderfland! There’s about 5 inches now and it’s still coming down fast as I type this!
    How come it can never do this at Christmas?! It’s looks so seasonal this morning, when I walked into the village to get milk I realised that I was humming the christmas tune ‘let it snow’! Hope no one heard me!
    Anyway, just wanted to pass on my best wishes to you and your family.
    Take care, hope you don’t need the aid of another 4×4 driver! Aren’t they great though, we have a 4×4 but ironically it’s stuck in the garage with a flat battery!!!

  3. penny February 6, 2009 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    I live in York and we have been very lucky,the snow came and didn’t bother to stay.Hope these aren’t famouse last words!! Penny

  4. Sharon Gasparutti February 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    I know the feeling my family and I woke up to snow in Peterborough however they still had to go to school, however that was on overnight Sunday and early Monday.
    Yesterday, Thursday and today they had a day off due to conditions which I do not remember seeing in a long time.
    However I have my mum who lives with us, as she had a stroke Christmas before last and it as left her with vascular dementia and my dad lives down the road,not really far, but in this weather all I could do was to phone just to make sure that he was okay and had enough supplies. Just one thing though, I bought some of the Irrestibles strawberry plant and they are covered with snow, I hope they’re going to be fine in their wicker basket conatainer.
    You presenters do an excellent service on the telly as do the rest in Liverpool. My regards to all.

  5. jenny February 8, 2009 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, i see you made it in to Qvc at last, its been bad here in buckinghamshire too. but my cat has been enjoying the snow, i really didnt think cats liked it.hehe
    Lets hopr we have had enough of it now, roll on spring then summer.
    From jenny

  6. julia roberts February 13, 2009 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Girls – I don’t believe it ( I sound like Victor Meldrew ) MORE SNOW!!! Nearly didn’t get home from work tonight as the gritting lorries hadn’t been out – it was like an ice rink!
    Penny I wonder if the snow has got you this time?
    Jenny, my son Daniel kept wanting to put our cat Poppy out in the snow but I wouldn’t let him as she is predominantly a house cat!
    Sharon I hope your strawberries are ok – I think Peterborough has the snow again as our Australian nephew just arrived back from seeing his Nana in Spalding and he said it was pretty bad.
    Eleanor you’d better warm up your vocal chords again – how about a rendition of ‘Winter Wonderland’ this time?
    Chantel I hope the snow misses you this time round, or at least doesn’t hang around for long.
    Julia xx

  7. jenny February 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope all your snow has now gone, ours seems to be melting day by day. tiggy, my cat will be disappointed when its gone, but i wont !!
    I am from gypsy hill in London, moved to penge when i married, and then to buckinghamshire, have support C.P footie team for years.love your shows Julia, your the best.!!
    Regards Jenny.xx

  8. Hilary February 17, 2009 at 8:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia A personal question. When you wear your own jewelery nowadays you wear a band as well as your amethyst ring. I’m curious as to whether it’s a wedding ring. We met at a Gem Day at Harrods a couple of years ago and discussed the pros and cons of marriage which is why I’m asking. Love Hilary

  9. julia roberts February 20, 2009 at 4:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Jenny – EAGLES!!!!!!! Good result in the week against Plymouth, but still not convinced we can make the playoffs! Thanks for the lovely compliment! Hello Hilary hope you’re well – no it’s not a wedding band. I always wear it though and have done for over ten years. It’s from a range we used to sell called Black Hills Gold and I bought Chris and I matching rings back from the visit to South Dakota. The other ring is a heart shaped ruby with diamonds that Chris bought me for Valentines Day 18 years ago – the old softie!!
    Julia xx

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