Unfortunately due to extreme weather conditions, we were unable to make it to the Kelso Fair.
We set off on Friday at 7am, and after driving 500metres through a foot of snow in a LWB transit, we had to stop as a Range Rover Sport was stuck up ahead, and was on it's side in the ditch.
We tried to reverse, but sadly as we had stopped on soft powder, we sunk and sunk up to the sills.
So i called my mate who came with his Defender, and tried to tow us backwards, and he then proceeded to get stuck.
So I was stuck for about 2hrs in a total white out, and by the time local farmer arrived with Loadall, the snow had piled up so high i couldnt open passenger door.
I got towed back to my house by the JCB Loadall, slipping and sliding in total white out conditions, and managed somehow back onto my drive....and that's where I was forced to stay until this morning.
I attempted cycling to a village shop for bread and milk on my XC bike (and i ride off road regularly for sport) and after 5 crashes I decided to go home, don the Monsoon Smock's, grab the labrador, and the Go Pro HD, and out we went to walk the road to see if it was clear further out....it wasn't and we very nearly didn't make it back walking into the wind with the snow pelting us so hard we couldn't see.
The You Tube video below shows us literally swimming back through 6ft drifts and having to roll down hills, as they were so deep to walk in, we were shattered after walking 100m and still had a mile to go through the thickest snow I have ever seen.
At one point with the snow blinding us, and up to armpits in powder, we actually started to worry that the walk was a bad idea and we might struggle to get home.
Lucy the black lab loved it though, being so light she skipped the surface above our heads in places!
All in all we had 12ft high drifts in places, with the actual road taller than me in snow in some areas with at least a foot in sheltered areas of road.
We had planned to run two competitions at the show, so as a gesture of our appreciation and respect for the forum, we will run them on here in the next few days.
1st prize for the Monsoon.
2nd for the Storm.
So so sad we couldnt make it, we even tried to go as spectators Sunday, but my mate's Evoque couldnt even manage off the drive.
Roll on next year, as it sounded like it was a fantastic show.
The pic below shows the depth of the snow on the road in and out of our village, which today is still completely cut off in two directions.
Scott Country Sales Team