AS WE DRIVE back past Emley Moor television mast we can see out towards the Vale
of York. The sun behind us is shining on the scene but beyond the magnesian limestone
ridge the landscape is wreathed in misty swirls. There are several white patches
on higher ground but from this distance it’s difficult to make out whether they are
built-up areas or patches of snow.
As we get back home one of these shredded curtain swirls reaches us, from the east
bringing sleety snow starts falling. It feels as if we’re going to get a covering
of snow but the shower soon peters out, leaving a sprinkling of sleety granules on
Leylandii cypresses grown as a windbreak at Armitage’s Garden Centre on a hill overlooking
the Pennines but today the cold wind is coming from the north-east.