Today sixteen years ago.

The photographs shown today was taken yesterday when the weather was nicer.

The 17th November 1995 is a day that none of us old enough living in this part of Sweden ever will forget. Well to be honest it started already on the night the 16th and it continued for a bigger part of Saturday 18 th too. It snowed and it snowed a lot!

 

 

 

 

I worked night at Volvo in Gothenburg back then but had for some reason taken the night off but I still was up all night and I had heard it would snow so I really didn’t notice the snow fall that much in the beginning, not until I was going for a walk with my dogs early Friday morning. It was like walking out in to a white wall 🙂 🙂 🙂 At first I actually had problems opening the front door at the apartment building I lived in and after that I had problems going anywhere at all 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

Then I noticed that it was, beside the sound from the wind, absolutely quiet outside. Gothenburg is a rather big city and since I lived close to one of the bigger highways it never was really quiet there. Already by then we had around 1 meter (much the same in yards) of snow but in the snowdrifts it was up to three meters! My dogs must have thought they’d come to paradise because they loved snow 🙂

 

 

 

 

Normally this was the time when many people were on the way to work but I couldn’t see a single person anywhere. Here and there I could see snow piles sort of blinking, like christmas decorations 🙂 It showed drivers just had stopped in the middle of the road and then left their cars where they stood with the warning lights on. We were on our way home after I don’t know how long when I suddenly heard a loud bang, one of the snow plows had hit one of the cars that they had left in the middle of the road.

 

 

 

 

Volvo had locked all doors and ways out from the factory forbidding anyone to leave until it was safe enough. From what I heard only two people came to work at Volvo that day 🙂 One lived just next door, the other one had walked over 35 kilometers (22 miles)!!! If You ask me I think they should have punished him in some way, it isn’t worth taking such a risk like walking so far in a blizzard just to get to work!! But Volvo looked at it in another way and gave him one week of extra vacation that year 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

We have lots of ravens here in this area, very shy though.

 

 

 

It took me forever to dig out my car from the snow again but that didn’t matter, no one could use the roads until all those cars parked in the middle of the road was gone again anyway 🙂 🙂 The fun ting is that I can’t remember how the rest of the winter was but I guess we did have snow for a long time that year 🙂 🙂 I have been through a blizzard like that one more time and that was when I just had moved up to this county. But it was very local and my friends at work had problems believing me because there were almost no snow at all where we worked 🙂 It took four days until they finally plowed our little road so We could get out to the rest of the world again 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

This year the snow is late, all over the country but that just makes me happy 🙂 🙂 Yesterday was a brilliant winters day with sunshine, cold temperatures and no wind at all. I drove to the store to get some throat lozenges and nasal spray so I could enjoy the weather some. The guy in the store warned me several times that I had bought a really really strong nasal spray and how true he was 🙂 🙂 🙂 It feels like spraying cold acid straight up my nose and the pain is really nasty for a couple of seconds, but my nose dries up very well 🙂 🙂 🙂 The fever is finally letting go of its grip (well it comes back every now and again just to show it can) and if I only could get rid of the coughing I would say I’m on my way to health again 🙂

I know how much You like him so here's a photograph of Bertil 🙂

Have a great day!

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18 thoughts on “Today sixteen years ago.

  1. Bertil var verkligen tjusig på bilden! Tack!!
    Tänk jag har inget minne alls av någon hemsk snöstorm på 90-talet men å andra sidan bodde jag i Stockholm då och där var man ju lite mer van vid vintrar än Göteborgarna! *fniss* 🙂
    Något som jag dock vet med bestämdhet är att det ALLTID hade kommit snö innan 14 november när min gubbe fyller år. Sen om den låg kvar eller inte var lite olika. 😦
    Men här på Gotland har det var helt annorlunda. 🙂 Det är bara förra året som det kom snö innan 14/11 – och som dessutom låg kvar otroligt länge. Ända fram till april tror jag. Det var en hemsk vinter faktiskt med alldeles otroligt med snö. Året innan var det ju också ganska mycket, men den kom betydligt senare. Jag – och våra små hundar (Brasse, Penny och nu Santos) gillar inte mycket snö, man kan ju inte ta sig fram någonstans!! 😦 😦

    • Tjänare Susie!
      Det var väl bara något eller ett par år efter det som Gävle drabbades ännu värre av en snöstorm tror jag. Men det ovädret gick nog precis norr om själva stockholm.

      Jo det har alltid kommit snö åtminstone någon gång fram till nu varje år. Början av November kommer det alltid lite men det brukar ju smälta bort fort, men jag klagar inte, ju mindre snö desto bättre 🙂 Men jag har egentligen inte något emot kyla, det är bra om marken fryser till rejält aå att alla fäastingar dör 🙂 🙂

      KaN tänka att småhundar inte alltid älskar snö 🙂 Fast våran dvärgtax vi hade när jag var barn gillade att gräva tunnlar i den 🙂 🙂

      Ha det gott!
      Christer.

  2. Ja hujeda mig, den dan glömmer jag aldrig. Jobbade eftermiddag på Göteborgs Kex och skulle ha slutat 20. 55 men allt eftersom eftermiddagen led mot kväll och vi “långväga” bilister kollade ut genom fönstren så blev i alla fall jag helt säker att åker jag inte NU så kommer jag inte hem! Sa till min chef klockan 8 att, sorry men nu åker jag:) Jag och Lisa (hon åkte med mig) höll knappt på att ta oss till parkeringen och bilen, efter att jag startat och kört ut på vägen upp mot rondellen, sa jag till Lisa nu får du hålla i dig för det gäller att ha full fart uppför denna backen så hoppas inte det kommer någon bil i rondellen för jag kan inte stanna för då kommer vi inte framåt igen:) SHIT!! vad det gick undan, visst kom det en bil i rondellen men han såg nog min desperata blick och gasade på så att jag kunde glida in precis bakom honom:)) Det tog 1.5 timme från Kungälv till Stenungsund, det tog i vanliga fall runt en halvtimma. Skulle plocka upp Göran också som slutade sitt jobb 22.00 och gissa om jag lät honom köra resten av vägen:) Hoppas verkligen att man slipper sådana oväder igen:) Ha det gott/Monne

    • Hejsan Monne!

      Ja det var ett snöoväder man minns 🙂 🙂
      Kan tänka mig hur du mådde när du var tvungen att köra i det ovädret och visst är det väl konstigt att det alltid kommer en bil när man minst vill det även om det kan vara helt dött i trafiken annars 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Jag hade ju turen att vara ledig så jag hade bara roligt med mina hundar på promenaden 🙂 🙂

      Ha det gott!
      Christer.

  3. hi christer! ahh…bertly and his kitty feet on the moss. how cute! that storm sounds like the one we had 2 years ago that broke so many of my trees and kept us house bound for days. i am getting a bit unsettled that we have had no snow yet. i am expecting a big one soon. i read that there is arctic occilation which will be sending cold air our way. i think we might be in for a tough winter! joyce

    • Hi Joyce!
      Bertil is a cute cat, to bad he has such a nasty temper 🙂 🙂 But I like the little devil anyway 🙂

      I can’t remember how long time it took to clear the roads again but they were faster than I had imagined.

      As it looks now it is You that will get the really bad winter this year! I don’t mind the freezing cold just as long as we don’t get much snow, a nice layer of powdered snow is just enough 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  4. Hi Christer,

    Blizzard of ’78. My car was buried under a 10 foot high drift of snow and the only way I knew it was there was the little hole that the wind had carved out under the exhaust pipe. I have a picture of my brother sitting in his car. You can see his smiling face looking out from a wall of white. In the city you could see car antennae sticking up out of the snow with big notes on them telling the plows that there was a car under there and please don’t scrape it away. 🙂 No cars were allowed on the road for a week. We got around on skis. It took 7 days for a plow to come to my street. The storm surge washed away the famous fishing shack in Gloucester that October Farm showed on her blog a while ago. The one that is there now is a replica.
    The frost on the spider webs makes them look so solid and structural. I think my favorite is the picture two up from Bertil. I like the way the pastel colors of the field and trees blend into the sky.
    Hope your cold goes away. That nasal spray sounds like it could knock out most anything. 🙂 Enjoy the day.

    • Hi Caryn!
      That sounds a bit worse than our blizzard 🙂 🙂 But they had one very much like Yours further north a year or two after ours and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much snow 🙂 🙂

      Thankfully we have Denmark protecting is from any bigger surges on our west coast. It is just to little water there to do any bigger damage on us

      I felt like picking down some of those spider webs to frame them 🙂 🙂

      That spray is very effective but so nasty that I don’t look forward to use it 🙂 🙂 🙂 but it’s better to use it after all 🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  5. Wow, Christer, that is a blizzard story! I can’t believe that guy walked 22 miles and then got a week’s vacation!! We get big snows here, generated by one of the great lakes, Ontario. Not looking forward to the big snows at all this year. Pretty at Yule, though. I don’t think I could bring myself to spray “acid” into my nose, but if it works, more power to you!! Hope you get over this infection soon! Bertil is always a pleasure to see on your page, there is just something about the little guy!! Oh, and congrats to you, by the way, on the award from Joyce!! You both have such great blogs, I look forward to each post!

    • Hi Robin!
      It was fun even though I don’t like snow 🙂 I do hope that we won’t get any snow at all this winter, perhaps a thin layer till yule 🙂

      I did hesitate to use the spray again but it works great so I’ll continue 🙂 🙂

      My only wish right now is that the coughing will stop, but it seems that the coughing will stay for long.

      I’m glad You like it here 🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  6. Alltid lika roligt med en bild av Bertil,Hoppas du kan ha utställningar eller en fotobok med dina bilder så småningom.
    kram från Wenche

    • Hejsan Wenche!
      Ja alla gillar det lilla monstret 🙂 🙂

      Jag raderar all bilder så fort de kommit in i min blogg 🙂 Tror att jag sparat högst ett tjugotal stycken 🙂

      Ha det gott!
      Christer.

  7. A blizzard hit Northern Virginia when I was home from College. We were snowed in all week and opened all the books under the tree and rotated them as there was little else to do. My sister bought my Dad the book In Cold Blood. And that book we fought over as to who was next. It was one of the best Christmases we ever had. Just family books, a lit fire in the fireplace, and good food.

    • Hi Z&M!
      I think I would like a christmas like that 🙂 I mean there’s always a lot of food at home that time of year and I have my stove in the kitchen if power would fail 🙂 🙂 I too would think that would be the best christmas ever 🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  8. that is an excellent shot of bertil, beautiful, such a beauty.We have had snows of that proportion several times, its a rude awakening when life comes to a stand still due to snow, such a hushed silence.I’m sorry to hear you are still ill, I too have come down with a nasty flu / cold, my sinus and lungs are giving me misery for sure.I did’nt go for the flu shot, I guess maybe I chose un wisely, have a great day,

    • Hi Laurie!
      They have blizzards like that further north but rarely this much south. So when it happens society just stops 🙂 🙂

      I think we most probably have gotten the same kind of flu, the coughing stays for ever they say. But unless one has a bad heart or something similar I think it is good not to take the flu shot. The body needs to build up a resistance against these things by it self.

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

  9. God I love that Bertil. I just “pinned” him on my Pinterest account. Have you checked out that site yet?
    2 years ago we had weather like that. I drove from Illinois over the bridge into Iowa and up this HUGE icy hill to my job in my little VW Beetle. People who actually lived in Iowa and drove big trucks didn’t even make it in! Just “Doc” (he’s the owner) and a girl with a truck that lived very close. You can bet that I didn’t get any extra vacation, actually I didn’t even get a Thank You but oh well, I didn’t do it for HIM or even the JOB, I did it for the animals that were there waiting for me. Last year we had a bad ice storm and only Doc and a girl that lived blocks away showed up….and me. I guess I will never learn. But at least that year I was driving a van. I vow THIS year to stay home but I don’t know if I can stand to, guess it depends “who” is waiting on me. (if it’s any of my special needs boarders, well…) sigh.
    I dread the thought of getting out in all that snow.
    The only year that was worse was 1978? I think? anyway the drifts were taller than all of us! My sister is in a picture with it at least five feet higher than the top of her hat!
    God, I don’t want to think about it! LOL!
    Take care, Cindi

    • Hi Cindi!
      I must have missed that You have a Pintrerest account, but he was easy eniough to find 🙂 🙂 Lots of great photographs there so I’ll look a lot at that place from now 🙂

      VW Beetle was great in snow as long as one didn’t drive to fast! The weight from the engine on the tires made it go easily, but if going to fast it was impossible to controll 🙂 🙂 🙂 I think it is a bit different when having a job like Yours or having to do with any kind of life. We only worked in a factory and no one would get any threating problems if we didn’t get to work because of a blizzard. But I think Your employer was rude! Some kind of apreciation would have been nice!

      78 seems to have been a bad winter over at Yours 🙂

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

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