Last month I was saying it had been a bit wet, this month it’s been a bit white. The snow’s been feet deep in places around here, bringing down huge oaks and power and telephone lines. We had no electricity for nearly a week which was really quite enjoyable – out came the candles and camping stoves and mini LED head torches (of which I have a small surplus) and on went the extra logs on the fire. The remains of fridge and freezer food went into a snow-hole in the garden. Living in a valley we didn’t make it to a shop for nearly two weeks so we sledged across the fields and tracks to mum and dad’s house to take them enough of our supplies to keep them from starvation. Gary pulled out his armoury and took out a few squirrels and pigeons and pheasants that I roasted in the ancient Rayburn. The neighbour’s cat feasted happily on the remains.

Tow-hope: I was kept busy with multiple=

Sometimes it was easier to give up on the bike (not something I often say) and go by sledge instead

Sometimes it was easier to give up on the bike (not something I often say) and go by sledge instead

Gary and Molly knee-deep

Gary and Molly knee-deep

They're out there somewhere

They're out there somewhere

At the height of the snow, I was supposed to be giving two bike talks – one in a pub on the A3, another for Sustrans in London. Both had to be postponed – the first time in twenty years of giving talks that I’ve never made it to the show. Big apologies to those who had planned to come.

The new date for the Sustrans talk is Friday 26th February 6.30 p.m. (doors open 6.00 p.m.) at the gallery at 75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1. More details from www.sustransshop.co.uk or Jenny.Sheriff@sustrans.org.uk