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November 29, 2010

Now the UK may well be experiencing it’s earliest widespread snowfall since 1993, but Norway had the snow the UK is currently experiencing first! But this wasn’t the first snow – that was on the 22nd of October.  It was only a light dusting and had gone by the end of the day.  However by the 12th of November we had had more snow, which melted in central Oslo but remained in the suburbs and down to Sandjeford (TORP airport).  We’ve had more snow over the weekend.

However unlike the UK things don’t grind to a halt when there is snow.  Schools don’t shut.  Roads don’t close.  Airports remain open.  People go to work.  How does this all happen?  Preparation!!!!  Kids are kitted out in snow suits and “longies” (knitted wool undertrousers) and go out to play no matter what.  Everyone is required by law to have snow tyres fitted to their car by a certain date in November.  Airports have big hairdryers to defrost frozen airoplane wings. Public transport runs and roads don’t close. 

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How am I coping with the Norwegian cold.  I’m dressing Norwegian style!  There is a Norwegian saying that there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing.  So I now have Gortex, fleece lined boots.  I’m wearing thin wool vests and tights or long johns (very sexy) under my trousers.  I’m investing in woollen socks (must knit some for myself), wearing a woolly hat and warm gloves.  I’ve bought a puffa jacket (dun jakke in norsk), which luckily has some shaping otherwise I would look like the Michelin man!  And I’ve managed to get my wood stove burning!!!!!!

But of course, this is only a small amout of snow, and the photos are from before this weekend.  There is more to come!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 9:57 pm

    That doesn’t look like much snow! Here in York we have got about 8 inches or 20 cms. and we have had it since Wednesday. We too have got out the extra layers, not yet resorted to long johns, but the old fur hat has come out. However I understand that plutocratic places like Marple haven’t got any at all.

  2. December 2, 2010 1:45 pm

    Whilst you may currently have more snow in the UK than in central Oslo, it is no way as cold in the UK as it is here!!! At least -10 degrees during the day and into the minus teens at night.

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