Today yet more snow but everything going pretty well now. Got the ewes moved to the ring feeder before lunch. The real highlight of the day were the trips to town. I had to go twice once for herselfs shopping and the post and again for No1 sons driving theory test. First I want to be clear that this rant is not aimed at those who have suffered from the snow after being caught by jacknifed lorries and unforecast snowfall. This is aimed at those who know it has snowed and have been stupid anyway. (In no particular order)
Farm roads are cleared of snow to allow us to feed stock, they are not a "safe" place to abandon your car. If you do you may find it upside down in the ditch along the road, mysterious things happen to abandoned cars. We are not there to recover your vehicle(not until we get paid anyway) nor are we there to feed you or take you home.The nice long "private" drive you got when you moved to the country is your responsibility. If you want it cleared buy a loadall, they are only about £15k second hand just now. If you do make it out onto the road the fact you spent a vast amount on a 4x4 with an "intelligent" drive system means nothing if you are too stupid to use it properly. It also does not give you the right to all the road, however snowplough drivers will soon educate you. In town, drivers come in many types usually, but when it snows there is only one. Panic stricken. Do not drive at 30mph into an uncleared supermarket car park, when you hit the trolley park, it really is your fault. When you get out of the car please grasp that while your baseball cap and football top combined with shellsuit bottom and trainers shows off your beergut and tattoos to perfection you will freeze to death if your car gets stuck. Similarly the poor child/children unfortunate enough to have you as a parent are already frozen in their teeshirts. How about you get one less pack of fags and buy them a hat coat and gloves. Tip for "Middle class" ladies high heels just don't cope with snow, you can wear wellies it wont kill you. When you get out of the supermarket and return to your S reg Kia or whatever and find it wont move, it is your problem, you put it there, you get it out. Do not look to the nearest warmly dressed 4x4 owner. Owning a 4x4 and a tow rope does not mean I am a mug, you got stuck in a car park you wont die there, if you were in real need I would certainly help you but lets be clear you are in a car park, go buy a shovel. When you drive on snowy roads if you go round blind bends on the wrong side of the road to avoid slush you will eventually meet a Scania coming the other way. Note to council, many farmers round here are threatening to "liberate" the unused snowploughs lying by the salt depot, they have not been used for 8 years, how about you give them to someone who can actually make a difference. Rant over for now, maybe I should go sit down next to a nice log fire.