Daily Prompt: There is always a possiblity

Clearing snowy paths

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.

asnowy pwths

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.

Daily Prompt: There is always a possiblity

12 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: There is always a possiblity

  1. This is definitely awesome. I live in Texas, but I used to live in Chicago. In Chicago, if it snowed, it was no big deal, because they were always ahead of the game in snow removal; with plenty of snow plows, salt trucks, etc. But, in Texas, it would be the end of the world if it snowed.

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    • It is a normal in Switzerland and usually begins in January until end february, perhaps March. It does not snow everywhere at the same time, and at the moment we have our share, but no big problem. The mountaininous areas of course get their fair share always, but they need it for the ski tourism.

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  2. You are like New England. When I first moved here, Garry gave me a looking over and said “You need boots. You need a sensible coat. Where’s your hat? Gloves? Skirts are not a good idea with the wind in Boston.” Now, from the first falling flake to whenever spring finally comes, I have boots, coats, hats (none of which I can find at the moment, but they are around here somewhere) and a pair of gloves in the pocket of every jacket. They are pretty good about road clearing and sand spreading. We are a “no salt” area because of the aquifer that’s really close to the surface. If salt leeches into the aquifer, we will all have poisoned wells. But the sand does a pretty decent job and almost everyone has a 4WD vehicle these days. Even us. And snow tires.

    People are less good about laying in supplies, so there’s always a last minute panicked run on the supermarket when a big snow begins. Everyone is really casual … until they realize this one is going to be serious and then they say “Oh, we need milk, eggs, bread, sandwich meat, beer, pretzels, frozen pizza …” You know. All the basics.

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  3. I had to learn it the hard way when I first arrived in Zürich. I knew no-one and way absolutely not prepared for the Swiss winters with my silly leather boots, no gloves or hat and skirts. I have now been here 50 years and am a professional Swiss winter inhabitant. The most important thing on the shoes is the profile, according to Mr. Swiss, so I have profile. I only wear trousers in any case and I do not own any stockings, prefer men’s socks. I might have gloves somewhere, but do not like to wear them. I have a couple of hats, but basically I am never actually out in the snow. We have a covered porch and the towns are quite well protected from the falling snow. There is no sand spreading here, but often gravel, tiny stones. They once banned salt because the poor little animals were getting sore paws, but I was getting a sore something else falling on the ice. Now everything goes in measure. Snow tires are obligatory in Switzerland and you get a heavy fine if you do not have them. Food supplies are no problem, we have enough stores within a quick car distance, even walking distance, although I no longer walk.


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