Just a few flakes of snow. That’s all it seems to take to bring the whole country to its knees. When will the United Kingdom ever be able to cope with a few flakes of snow and not grind to a standstill? Because winters were far harsher when I was a girl, with snow that fell for days, blew into drifts sometimes six feet deep, and necessitated everyone having to ‘dig’ their paths in order to even leave their premises to get to work or school, its so amazing to see how a few inches of snow can devastate a country as it tends to do today.
The difference is of course that way back then, we didn’t rely on cars, nor was the whole country planned around car owners. Our place of work was usually a walk away from where you lived, there were no ‘out of town’ industrial sites miles away from any residential area in those days! The same applied to shopping, your local shop catered for all of your needs and was usually again just a short walk away, not incorporated in some ‘vast shopping centre’ miles out of town.
It’s our reliance on the car to get us anywhere these days that is the real problem, not the few inches of snow that has fallen. I watched a car owner spend half an hour yesterday clearing his car of snow, he could have walked to town in the time it took to scrape the snow from his vehicle and been far healthier for it into the bargain!