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Snow days in Bassins, early December 2010
1 December seems awfully early in the year, these days, but there are no surprises anymore.
You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
In recent years there's been much less snow before Christmas than we had back in the Good Old Days, but this year there have been a few sprinklings and our hopes were high. Then the first of December arrived.
It's the 29th of November, we've already been out for one rather beastly snowshoe battle in the elements, but things have settled down nicely with an excellent view out over Lake Geneva.
Clean, crisp air, clear skies, and a good view of Mont Blanc across the way. But that was all about to change.
1 December, it's still autumn, the leaves may still be changing colors; well, it's too late now.
Environmentalists have been cautioned never to use the phrase "Global Warming" (we say "Climate Change" instead), because every time an extreme weather event tends to the snowier side, the exultant Inhofes yodel loudly about how it's therefore all a hoax.
Bassins services swing into action -- and keep at it all day. The roads keep topping up, and when there's a break, they have to go back and move all the plowed snow out of wherever they've stashed it in a hurry. Luckily, this is a farming village, and all the tractors seem to sprout plow attachments.
Some of our neighbors are missing all the fun.
The Rue de l'Eglise looking downtown from the village church
A day off for the construction industry
Our cluniac church at its best
One has done one's duty with the snow shovel, and now we're waiting to see if we're going to have to do it again. Our carpark is empty because I'm the only working stiff who gets to work from home.
This is too good to miss -- we're downing tools for an hour so and surging out for a walk round town.
Along the Rue de l'Eglise
And a look back at the church
The Place des Tilleuls at the bottom of the street, two ladies battling the elements whilst chatting
Our local bakery and convenience store. Very convenient.
The postal bus persisting up through the village
Our church from the bottom of the street
With the Lumix-zoom turned up a ways
The Bassins high street, and the Hotel de la Couronne
The road down into the ravine, towards Arzier on the other side
An army truck rolls very tentatively through town, evidently lost.
Two kids who refuse to stay upright
The army truck is back. It's going to try a new theory now.
A motorist takes the better part of valor and sends everyone out to scrape down the windshields.
The Rue du Battoir
Everyone takes a turn with the shovel.
The New School (left) and the Newer School (right)
The Bassins indoor swimming pool and the afterschool kids wading towards the door
Other afterschool kids heading home hip-deep
Snow plowed high on the Rue du Cardelay
Farm implements waiting for spring
The Rue du Cardelay
Back up the Rue de l'Eglise. This snow is NEVER going to end.
And the next day . . . Global Warming. The sun's out. It's all melting off fast.
Indeed, it all melted away, but we had another impressive snowstorm three days later and got the shovels out again.
The postman making his rounds
The high street in sunlight
The Rue de l'Eglise, the bakery, and the church. And the postman's car.
The church. (And the postman's car.)
The auberge again
The lakeside front of our house (my flat is over the central arched door)
We're getting ready for the next one.
And here's the next one after the next one, 16 December 2010.
The Rue de l'Eglise at the very witching hour of the night
What will tomorrow bring?
Oh, thank you. Thank you!
The Rue de l'Eglise during the day.
And the next day. Now we're getting ready for the next one.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 23 December 2010, revised 20 January 2011.