And contingency plans if our lane is snowed up...
We thought at first we might miss the snow as the weather people forecasted with barely concealed excitement heavy snow falls for the east coast on the one side and Wales and the south west on the other but remained strangely silent about the middle.
However, we woke on Saturday morning to bright sunshine in a clear blue sky and several sparkling inches of snow. As usual Parwich looks quite beautiful. John has taken masses of photos which he has tried to email to me from his desk across the study but our internet is offline…technology…so none of our pictures to show you yet. However, in the meantime have a look the Parwich website for a good selection.
Our guests in the barns have loved the snow, as have our family who have been here to help celebrate John’s birthday yesterday and also to watch John and me perform on the stage on Friday night. (A success, I am relieved to report but possibly more of that later.)
For future guests wondering about their holidays, please always feel happy about ringing to find out the situation but be reassured that if conditions were bad we would always do our best to warn you. Keep an eye on the BBC weather reports for Ashbourne. At the moment, as usual it is the first/last couple of hundred yards or so from the house which is the worst but cars have been using the lane, carefully and quite successfully today, and our house-guests – two car loads – reached London/Devon safely from here this afternoon.
Obviously, we can’t account for road conditions between us and you, but even during the freeze-up last winter Parwich itself was never cut off. All our guests throughout the winter managed to get here and all managed to leave. Several did decide to leave their car at the bottom of the hill and walk up the final one to two hundred yards.
IF you decide you would rather do this, give us a ring on your mobile if you get a signal, or walk up yourselves and we’ll come down with you to help cart your luggage up. We can’t find the sledges at the moment but will do our best to find a substitute if all else fails; whatever happens we’ll between us get your belongings safely into the warmth and comfort of your barn.