Snow follies 2010

This morning we got about 5 inches of snow. I started the afternoon by acting out The Call of the Wild — hiking up to the main road where we had parked the car. That road was drivable, so we headed to the airport to pick up the Daughter.

Surprise: She wasn’t going to land. With her plane on approach after an 11 hour flight, snow closed the runways at Heathrow. So now we’re playing a new game. Airport roulette. Where will Kate’s plane land? Pick a country.

Updates to follow.

UPDATE: Looks like it’s Germany. The flight is on its way to Frankfurt. And thanks to, I can at least watch the plane on its journey. I’m peering at the little yellow image of the 777 as it passes over Brussels. Hi, honey!

20 responses to “Snow follies 2010

  1. We’ve got loads of snow here in Denmark too. It’s starting to annoy me 😛 Well, at least the shovelling part is getting old…

    I hope you reunite with your daughter soon 🙂

    All the best from

  2. Thought about Kate and your family this morning when I heard the weather news on NPR that runways at Gatwick and Heathrow were being cleared of snow with flights canceled or delayed. Hope you can fetch her soon. Meanwhile, enjoy your snow hiking! Will you have to haul her luggage down the snowy road to the house? Maybe hire a dog-sled?

  3. So, what do you do? Does she just sit in the airport in Germany until London opens back up? Or can you drive to get her? Okay, I’m showing my geography ignorance here. Be kind.

    • The airline’s putting everybody up in a hotel overnight. With luck they’ll fly to London tomorrow morning. I’d go get her, but it’s a 400 mile drive to Frankfurt. She’ll be here before I could get there and back.

      At least she’ll get strudel.

  4. Oh dear. And I thought I saw on the news last night that the flights into Frankfurt were being cancelled. So distressful to have your time together cut short. And for her, too, especially since they were just sooooooo close to landing.

    We’re just so lucky here in Toronto with a nice pretty dusting of snow, while all around us there are huge debilitating amounts.

  5. I’m very sorry to read about the Daughter/snow crisis, I hope she will be home safe with you soon, Meg.

    Our remaining Internet is low, so if I can’t make it in again before the 24th/5th – Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. I hope you will have a wonderful holiday… and very happy times.
    Stay safe and warm… take good care.

    Flakes. xox.

  6. I am surprised her flight had to go to Frankfurt as Stanstead is just up the road from London and was open all day. On a personal note we haven’t had a single flake of snow in East Northamptonshire and we are about 75 miles from Heathrow. I hope Kate gets home to you soon Meg.

    • Thanks, Don. I wish they’d gone to Stansted too. As it stands, Kate’s going to be in Frankfurt until tomorrow, when the airline has tentatively rerouted her through Dublin to Heathrow.

      But at least she’s got some sleep and is going to attend the kirkenfeste.

    • After plenty of it earlier in the year, I think the snow is missing us this time around, Don.

      DJ (in North Northamptonshire)

  7. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the one that closed Heathrow….

    This will be one of those holidays you remember for the rest of your lives.

    Safe trip home, Kate and Dave! Family’s waiting!

  8. Hope Kate makes it home safely (and soon).

  9. I saw the travel situation for the U.K. on the news last night. It looks like a nightmare.

    Good luck to Kate making it home safe, sound and soon.

    Her trip looks like it has turned into a quest.

  10. Mmmmmm….Strudle. At least it’s not a total loss. :>)
    I would love to see that “drive” to Germany. Is the James Bond amphibious car ready?
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Meg. The same for my fellow fans of the Magnificent Meg.

  11. Oh dear–sorry about Kate being stranded. We have about the usual amount of snow here (12-18″). This was a big concert weekend for one of the choirs I’m in and we were performing with a harpist (Britten’s Ceremony of Carols). She found herself stranded on the way to a prior gig in southwestern Ontario (one of the places currently buried under 5′ of snow). There was a great sigh of relief when we heard that she’d made it up here in time for the dress rehearsal.

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