Thursday, February 26, 2009

Our friends, Brian and Maria Rice have been so kind to share England with us! Here Laura Ann took a photo of us eating Paella in York.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

FUN in York, on half-term break last week!

York: 1,000 year old Viking city

York's Shambles- Once the meat-butchering center of York, it dates from before the Norman Conquest

York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wintery photos

Saturday, February 14, 2009

School Details

Unlike in the States, here children & teachers don't have to make-up days due to closures for snow. There are no buses for the Primary School. But if a chartered, double-decker bus for the Secondary School students (or high schoolers) is more than 15 min. late for pick-up than the students are not obligated to go to school that day.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Snow Details

After a week and a half of lots of snow and freezing temperatures it looks like we are thawing out, for now. England hasn't seen this much snow in over twenty years! They ran out of road salt/grit and have had to import it from Italy.
FOOD: The sheep would dig into the snow trying to reveal the grass below it. People brought hay to their fields and they seemed to appreciate it. Food for people was also on everyone's mind since only the main roads were fit for driving. I ordered our food on-line from a grocery store and had it delivered. I did this a lot when we first moved here and was afraid to drive. Even without snow, the grocery stores always seem chaotic to me, so with people feeling limited access to the stores I didn't want to battle the food aisles.
SCHOOL: Although all the primary schools were closed in our county, the girl's school wasn't. Their headteacher didn't seemed too bothered by the amount of snow and made it a priority to be at school and most of the children walk to school from the village area anyways. They call sledding here 'sledging' and everyone seemed to have a proper run down the many hills!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The village of Calver and the bridge of Curbar

All schools closed in our county this week except...

Snowy hills along our Cliff Lane

Monday, February 2, 2009

SNOW~Curbar crossroads photo: Brian Rice