I’m Keeping My Boys at Home Today…

I’m not gonna put us in danger.

Not with the ice being as treacherous as it is.

Yesterday morning, we left earlier than normal, to make sure we could get to school in time.

I knew that it would be difficult, with it having rained the night before. I knew it would have frozen over.

We penguin-walked our way up the road, and turned to go down the easiest of roads to go down to the school.

I was trying to walk on the actual bits of snow left, knowing that although it would be more difficult to push the buggy through, at least it wouldn’t be as slippy.

We got to a driveway that’s usually well cleared.

It looked well cleared.

I didn’t see the black ice.

We started sliding, Max and I, and I couldn’t stop us.

There was nothing for either the tyres of the buggy, or my wellies to grip onto.

With the incline of the driveway, we were sliding onto the road, and there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about it.

Luckily for us, the driver of the big pickup type SUV coming up the road saw what was happening and stopped.

If he hadn’t, Max would be at the very least in hospital.

I can’t even think about the other possibility.

I wouldn’t be here writing this.

Zack would be safe, but very worried.

We walked the rest of the way in the middle of the road.

I was confident that the pavements closer to the school would be cleared, as they had been so expertly after the last bad icy patch.

Our council had done a really good job back at the beginning of December.

Unfortunately this time around, they seem to have forgotten we all existed.

The entire pavements were sheer ice.

All the mothers with buggies were having to walk on the roads.

Putting ourselves and our children in even more danger.

So today, I am keeping my boys safe at home.

And hopefully by tomorrow Perth and Kinross Council will have got their acts together and had their gritters out properly.

I can only pray that no one has been hurt, or worse, killed, in this weather, though I know unfortunately it’s highly unlikely for that to be the case.

If you’re going out and about, and it’s been down to 0 degrees Celsius, PLEASE be careful. Don’t go out if you can help it.

Walk on the roads rather than the pavements if you have to.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that small part looks ice-free.

It could be black ice.

It could cause you to slid onto the road.

It could cost more than you ever, *ever* want to think about.

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  1. January 12, 2011 / 12:26 am

    I’m glad your all OK.
    I hate black ice and when we last had snow (December) our council weren’t even gritting pavements (well not the minor ones anyway). So we had to walk on the road (if that had been cleared!)

  2. January 12, 2011 / 1:20 am

    Wow, how scary! Glad it worked out okay.

  3. January 12, 2011 / 6:35 am

    I am so so glad you’re all okay. xxx

  4. January 12, 2011 / 7:56 am

    omg how scary. So glad it worked out ok for you. It really is horrific out there

  5. January 12, 2011 / 9:45 am

    Oh my, how scary. So glad all were ok. You are right…stay home. That’s what we did when we got our first snow and school left it up to the parents to decide. After falling in the snow last year and fracturing my coccyx, I’ve learned my lesson and am NOT putting my child at risk! One thing though, as a driver, I have a problem with people walking on the roads instead of the paths. Sometimes the roads may look safer but they’re not always..especially the non-gritted ones. I have this fear of driving along and not being able to stop in time or of skidding and sliding into someone walking on the road. Thank God the driver approaching you could stop…

    Yep…best to stay home 😉

    xx Jazzy

  6. January 12, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Hellish out there isn’t it? We’ve thawed a bit today and the pavements are fine – still not gritted but nature’s taken care of it. Paul went to school on his arse yesterday – slid the whole way there and back.

  7. January 12, 2011 / 10:44 am

    It’s the kind of special weather you suffer from: not really a snowy wintery type, but the freeze-thaw killer icy-road type. Thankfully we here up north have a real winter, more snow coming and the ice on the roads next to non-existing.

    It’s funny for me to think that there are areas where few inches of snow causes the whole town to halt, when we’re still plunging to work when there is a single snowfall of 30-40 cm overnight.

    We must be crazy.But snow is cool. Ice is not. Except in an ice-ring or in a drink.

    C out

  8. January 12, 2011 / 10:57 am

    It’s horrific. I can’t believe how badly the councils are handling this snow and ice. You’d think they’d have learned from last winter! Obviously this is going to become a more regular thing. That’s 2 years in a row we’ve had this severe weather, and it’s getting worse. GRRR at the councils!

  9. January 12, 2011 / 10:57 am

    Thanks hon, me too!

  10. January 12, 2011 / 10:58 am

    Thanks sweety. Me too! x

  11. January 12, 2011 / 10:58 am

    It was absolutely treacherous yesterday. I just couldn’t believe it!

  12. January 12, 2011 / 11:01 am

    I know, but it’s the best of two evils I think. So long as you’re driving slowly in the ice/snow anyway, it shouldn’t be *too* hard to stop. Cars are supposed to go slowly on the roads around the schools to begin with. Though I could have kicked some of them yesterday. Silly twats driving like it’s a regular day! 🙁

    It was rather nice to sleep till 9am though!

  13. January 12, 2011 / 11:02 am

    Yeah, if it were *just* the snow, I could handle it, but that ice was just horrid. Am still quite shaken from it, hence keeping the boys off today. I know a fair amount of parents have decided the same after yesterday. The council should be ashamed of themselves!

  14. January 12, 2011 / 11:04 am

    I was absolutely terrified the rest of the day… don’t normally smoke during the day anymore, but yesterday, I damn well needed it. >_<
    Guess we’ll have to see how the weather/roads are on sat to decide whether to go or not. >_<

  15. January 12, 2011 / 11:43 am

    Bloody hell, that sounds terrifying. I’m so glad you’re both ok. Hugs.

  16. January 12, 2011 / 9:51 pm

    Oh my gosh. That sounds so scary. Glad you are all OK. Definitely a good idea to stay safe indoors.

  17. January 12, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    I am so glad that you are all OK and agree that the ice is terrible. I am so careful with the boys, they are my most precious things in my life and I will not risk them at all

  18. January 13, 2011 / 10:49 am

    It was. I’ve never been so shaken before in my life. Not even when my knee’s come out. This was on a whole other level.

  19. January 13, 2011 / 10:53 am

    Indeed! Luckily today it’s all turned to slush. Hard to push through, but not as dangerous, and a good workout too! 😉

  20. January 13, 2011 / 10:54 am

    I’ve never ever feared for either of their lives like I did for Max’s here. It was horrible. 🙁

  21. January 17, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    :O that’s awful *hugs* I can’t imagine how scared you must have been. Don’t blame you at all for staying at home with the boys, stay warm and safe 🙂

  22. January 17, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    Thanks hun. I can honestly say I’ve *never* felt so genuinely scared of going out in the ice other than that day. :S

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