24 December 2009
Christmas Eve And It's Still Snowing
It's slightly eery at work today. No-one else is here as we have completed the stock-take and all the Christmas orders have been dispatched. Also, the snowy weather and the fact that it's Christmas Eve means that the business park is almost deserted. Other than Wolseley Centers (which never closes), Nidd Transport and Masham Sausages who are busy trying to get their last Christmas deliveries out, I think I am the only person on this estate.
It started snowing again in the night and we have had at least 3 inches since about 4am and it's still snowing away. There's a muffled, silencing quality to the snow which meant that as I drove in this morning - with the odd skid for excitement - I felt as if I was cocooned in my own little space, a warmed personal ecosystem stolidly driving through a wintry landscape.
As I drove into Ripon, I pondered on the fact that the elements have been reminding us of who is in control, really; we have had floods and now snow in the last 3 months, which is quite something for the temperate British climate.
We have done a pretty good job in getting all the many Internet orders out into the delivery networks, but unfortunately the weather has played havoc with some of the parts of the country.
Parcels to Aberdeen and Cumbria have been hit especially badly, as has Aylesbury. Checking with Fedex today, no trucks have got through to Kendal since last week so a couple of parcels have got delayed but it looks as though the trucks have now got to Aberdeen and some of the parcels are now out for delivery.
All the other missing parcels with Fedex are out for delivery again today as quite a few have been delayed by weather problems, but then again they have been out for delivery 2 or 3 times this week already, but fingers crossed and many apologies to those few people who may not get their packages prior to Christmas due to the weather.
I will sign off now for a few days to enjoy a turkey Christmas dinner, my homemade Christmas pudding and some Christmas cheer.
God bless you all, Merry Christmas and I hope Santa Claus / Saint Nicholas brings you all the things that your hearts' desires.