One thing I must say for the Swiss, they master snow situations with their capabilities. The country is destined to fight against the snow. I am originally a Brit, and sorry to say it, but the Brits still treat the snow as an invader from another world. I got news today of snowfalls on the British Island, but it was Scotland, had nothing to do with England, and you rarely hear the Scots complainign about snow. They have grown up with it. The english are something completely different. Three days in advance the news shows treacherous road conditions, probably filmed about 2-3 years ago when they had the last snow falls, as a warning of the shape of things that might come. Of course the country collapses in a pile of despair, and why? Mainly because they have no snow plows available, at least not enough, they have no salt to spread, and above all walking in your fashionable shoes with heels and no profile on the sole is not the thing to do. There are a few golden oldies that realise the seriousness of the dress situation, but in Switzerland we can do it.
OK, I am now retired, do not have to do it and can watch from the window. This morning the snow returned after a break of two days. Driving to the supermarket this morning was easy peasy, the roads were in order, and the snow was disappearing on the road surface as it fell. It kept falling all morning and during my golden oldie midday sleep when the sound of a snow plough awoke me from my dreams, so I took a look out of the window and saw the guy in the photo already clearing our paths and doing a good job of it. Mr. Swiss, being in the picture of the moder snow clearing developments, had informed me that the Swiss now have a new system. The salt is liquified and sprayed on the road surfaces during the night, to prevent freezig. Yes we are so capable.
This was the result of half an hour taking a walk with the snow clearing machine: a manageable path no drama, no problem. Even I could walk along the path with my cane, although there I am not so capable perhaps and prefer to take photos from my room.
Snow clearance is orgnised in Switzerland. The troops are already on their way in the early hours of the morning if it snows during the night, clearing the motorways and roads, the paths being the last on the list. I used to dislike snow, never enjoyed it, but now I can relax and appreciate the beauty of it all. I just noticed that our snow clearance man has finished clearing away the snow and is now taking a walk with a bucket full of salt, sprinkling the paths to ensure we do not slip and slide on the surfaces afterwards.
I also notied a monster snow plough on our top path but that travelled further to the village streets.
At the moment we have a topsy turvy of snow, rain and nothing. After two days of almost no snow and warmer temperatures we could see the grass again. Since this morning we have received 7-8 centimetres of the stuff and it is now laying in our garden. Mr. Swiss said that most probably they cannot hold the Lauberhorn Downhill ski race beause of the snow – one of the ski highlights of the Swiss ski season. Of course he is a real Swiss, and realises the reasons why. I thought you had to have snow for a ski race, but it seems you can have too much snow.
And now your local Swiss news reporter will leave you. Yes we can, we are capable.