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Monday February 02 2009

Well here I am, just about to go to bed after watching the Superbowl, and that was great.  But outside, in the dark, I see something not so great:

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Yes, snow.  (That’s the porch outside the front door, by the way.) It hardly ever snows in the south of England nowadays.  But it just has.

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The plan now is that people will drive from all over England and Wales on Wednesday morning, to get to Slough Crematorium by noon.  But maybe the reception, now scheduled for 2pm here in Englefield Green, will turn into the main event.

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It’s the little bobbles of white in the blackness that are the real worry in these pictures.  Those are snowflakes still on their way down.

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It is now very cold, which means that this snow is not going to melt away any time soon.  Tomorrow I’ll do more snapping, this time without flash.

I hope this isn’t snow of the wrong kind for the railways to keep going.  I’m back to London tomorrow, and then back to EG on Tuesday evening, railways permitting.  Plus, I wonder what happens to the planned journey from EG to Slough, with Mum in her coffin.  How will that work?  Will we have to depart early?  If the snow hangs around, at least the pictures will be great.  And the truly good news is that Mum would probably have rather enjoyed this, if it all goes as chaotically as it might.  She never wanted a big funeral.  It looks like she may get her wish, if that was it.  A tiny, insignificant funeral, followed by a much more significant (because better attended) family-and-friends get-together.  That would suit her very nicely.

UPDATE Monday afternoon:

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That’s the view from outside the front gate of Mum’s home.  The tower in the distance is Holloway College.  The point is the dark wheel marks, where the snow has melted a bit.  It’s not that cold, and the forecast is that it will get slightly warmer.

Fingers crossed, it should be okay.

UPDATE Tuesday morning: Not looking good at all.  Trouble is, it is too cold.  All over the country, relatives will be starting out too early, from complicated places with hilly minor roads.  And then, when they get to the motorway, will the mess they were in yesterday have been sorted?  One cancellation has already been phoned in, and there will surely be more.  There will be an event, and there will be a reception.  But the heading of this posting now looks all too right.

Sister is stuck on the wrong side of Wales and is another reluctant canceller.  As I’ve just told her, given how Mum and the rest of us feel about how much this ceremony means - definitely something, but not everything - it’s no huge tragedy.  Just: one of those things.  Her life was what mattered, and we won’t forget that.

Nor will we forget this.