Well they warned us it was on the way and boy did they get the predictions right this time! I know lots of you in the North East have had a week of this already and whilst it's great if you don't have to be anywhere in particular, it's not such fun when you are trying to get to work / school / hospital etc.
In my part of Surrey, we escaped until just after I got in on Monday night and then silently it began to turn my world white. Sophie had an early start on Tuesday morning so we texted to make sure she had got into work OK. She had, but even at 7am problems were starting to build on the roads into London. By midday I was starting to get concerned about my journey into QVC.
Although I wasn't due 'on air' until 7pm, I decided to leave early as I couldn't possibly miss the last Butler and Wilson show of 2010 (hope you enjoyed it by the way?).
Chris said he would drive me in as we had no way of knowing how bad it would be later in the day and I didn't finish until 11pm. When we left home at 2.45, the snow was already 13cm deep and causing havoc on the roads. No grit on a main dual carriageway into London from the M25!
Chris had rung the council earlier to query the lack of grit and their response was "the gritting lorries would be going out later depending on the weather conditions!!"… honestly, I'm not joking.
Well after two and a half hours for a 45 minute journey, we arrived at QVC unscathed, and considering the worsening weather the journey home wasn't too bad, apart from the final 2 miles. The penalty for living in a rural environment without a four wheel drive I guess.
It snowed on and off all day yesterday and again today which is why I am sitting writing this at home rather than launching the TSV with Ralph Rossini from Honora Pearls. Fortunately Charlie's part of Surrey is not as badly hit as mine – latest measurement here is 32cm!!!!!!!
I haven't wasted my day though. Apart from baking the second Christmas cake for the guys and gals backstage, Danny and I decided to build a snowman to cheer Sophie up who isn't feeling too well. We made him just outside the French doors so he's been smiling in on us all evening! His arms are icicles!
Any suggestons for a name before he melts away?? I thought Byron was quite cute?
Hopefully I'll see you for fashion on Friday,
Keep safe and warm,
P.S. Did you recognise the 'Jolly Green Giant' jacket? – don't tell Glen Campbell!!!!