Thursday, 5 April 2012

The grand day out ...

... that wasn't.

Some months ago, my friend Quilthaze and I bought tickets to spend a day with Ricky Tims.  He very rarely comes to the UK so this was a big thing.  He was to do a talk in the morning, and another in the afternoon, and in between we were to be served a pie and peas type of lunch.

Now, last week, on Wednesday, the temperature in my back garden reached about 84F.  This week on Wednesday it reached 30F.  We got up yesterday to find the world had turned white overnight.  Lots of pretty snow.

Anyway, we decided to set off and try and get to where we needed to be, about 50 miles away.  Talk about a triumph of hope over experience.  After 3 hours we had traveled probably about 20 miles.  There were roads closed all over the place, the motorway was hardly moving.

We turned round and came home.

Today, there is no snow whatsoever, and the sun is shining in a lovely blue sky with small fluffy clouds.

Sadly, that was the only stop in England that he was making on his European tour.

PS If you live in the UK, Tuesday Quilters are having a quilt exhibition on Saturday 14 April at Clifford Village Hall between 10.30 and 3.30.  There will be quilts, (obviously) on display, a raffle quilt you could win, refreshments and a trade stall.  It should be a good day.


19 comments:

  1. Oh Sue, that's too bad. You should have given me a call...I could have gotten you there and on time!..Maritimers can drive thru blizzards blindfolded lol! Especially wouldn't have wanted to miss that pie:)

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  2. So sorry to hear about this. You must have been disappointed, but traveling in winter conditions is never fun, so you did the right thing by turning back. To make up for your disappointment you should treat yourself to a visit to a fabric shop!

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  3. Oh Sue, we were watching the weather on "look North" last night and couldn't believe how bad it was around your way. I spoke to my Brother in Law last night (who lives in Rotherham) and they hadn't had any snow!! That was such bad luck. Hugs

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  4. Oh Sue what a disappointment. But better for you to be safe then have an accident.

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  5. Sorry you missed him! That must have been some snow storm! Glad you are safe, anyway!

    Happy Spring-here is to good (warmer!) weather!
    Blessings~

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  6. How disappointing for you both!! I hate snow and will not drive in it! You were a lot more brave than me! Glad you got home safe and sound!
    P

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  7. Oh Sue, what an adventure the two of you had. I'm so sorry you didn't make it to the talk. But the pie and peas lunch.....now that I could miss!

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  8. How disheartening - I saw the weather 'swing' on the news.

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  9. It's too bad that you had to miss his visit. Driving in snow like that is so stressful. Those darn spring weather swings!

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  10. oh no that is not good news at all. At least you made it home safely!

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  11. :( sorry you missed out, perhaps you should buy a Tatts ticket and then if you win you could come visit him when he is here in Adelaide this year, surely your luck will improve!

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  12. Poor Sue, that's too bad, but good to know you are safe at home in such weather. I have not forgotten 'spring-weather' in Norway; remember one year it snowed on my birthday in the beginning of June! BRRR!
    HAPPY EASTER!

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  13. Sorry you missed him....getting inspiration from big-time quilters is something we all could use...Maybe next time??

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  14. Oh Sue, that is just so not fair.

    I was wondering how you fared with the weather, we had really high winds and some flurries but nothing settled.

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  15. Sue, so sorry you missed Ricky. He is great. I've only seen him once but it was such great fun. All our trees are out in full bloom....and we woke up to snow this morning too. Of course it is gone now but so are the blossoms!

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  16. Oh geez, what confused weather on a day that was sure to be good.

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