The first real bite of winter is forecast to hit us next week, probably just feeling colder here in Yorkshire with any snow likely be confined to Scotland but not just in the mountains. The six day forecast at Snowforecast.com shows where snow is expected to fall.
It's been dark arriving at work this week and being first here, by a long way, I have to open the main gates which can be a bit of a challenge at the best of times, trying to get the two padlocks off in all weathers. This morning, having got the locks off, the gates still wouldn't open so I slip into Hong Kong Phooey mode and try a well placed kick which achieves nothing apart from a stubbed toe. Giving in, I leap over the gate, well not so much leap as struggle, then lift up the offending bolt. The gates are taller than me and it won't be long before I've got to do this in frosty conditions with the tops of the gates slippery and the landing area prone to a sudden 'flat on arse' attack.