A tale of a Scotsman living in SW london...

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Well, oxford street has beckoned today. Not done this in years, it's changed so much! We usually do our shopping in kingston but could only get some of the stuff we needed in town, so town is where we are! Sending this from my phone while my wife tries stuff on, and this is the first time h've sent something via the phone, so will see how it works!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

So, tad extreme weather for London this week!

Sunday we noticed it looked like snow and sure enough, it started in the early evening. But when we woke up in the morning on Monday it was incredible the amount of snow that had fallen! So I didn't make it to Leeds as planned on Monday, but did eventually make it on Tuesday. The reason? South West Trains...

On Monday, SWT basically closed Wimbledon down as the didn't run any trains. As a result, all the shops were shut. I mean all of them (bar Tesco, which I think would open in a nuclear winter if there was money in it). It was really spooky! This was about 4 in the afternoon, so maybe they had been open before that, I don't know, but it felt like January 1st all over again. Anyway, this meant I couldn't get out of Wimbledon, so stayed at home for travel on Tuesday.

Tuesday comes, and SWT are still only running a skeleton service...I do eventually get one, but it doesn't stop where I need to so then have great fun on the underground. Then the east coast line train. the first two were cancelled, so I had to sit in Kings X for an hour. Well, I say sit, there isn't actually ANYWHERE to sit in Kings X. No coffee shop, no bar, no nothing where you can sit. So I went to St Pancras for a wander and was amazed by the place. It's stunning.

The train left on time, but it was old slam door which I didn't think they ran on the east coast main line anymore!

Anyway, here's a photo of the snow on the back of my car: