Thursday, January 19, 2012

No Snow Plowing This Season

No Snow Plowing This Season

If and when it snows the snow plowing will be handled by the Stadsbyggnadsförvaltningens teknikavdelning. It would be fun to hear the non-Swedish readers of this blog pronouncing that! The snow plowers need between three and five centimeters of the white stuff before they can go to work. The de-icing of the roads will also involve salting and sanding, something I both like and dislike, as I usually will get a few flat tires on my bike every winter from the sand, which in reality is crushed stone. This winter the snow plowers haven't been very busy, although they have done some sanding. I shot this photo earlier in the week when it actually snowed for a few minutes.

14 comments:

Olivier said...

vraiment impressionnante sa taille. Pour l'instant pas une année avec beaucoup de neige

brattcat said...

i worry about all of those who earn their winter living by plowing driveways and such.

The Real Cie said...

Like my Cuzzin Hildy-Bob says, I just bet y'all would like ter hear us try an' pronounce that thar convoluted Scandinavian word thar!

I think we got some of your snow anyway. My neighbor works maintenance for the housing complex and he plowed the drive and piled it up behind my non-functioning car. Only problem with this is now I have to shovel it out because I intend to have the car towed away!

I live in Colorado and three years back we had to drive over Wolf Creek Pass following a snowstorm. They work very hard to keep the snow packed for traction but I was nonetheless not too keen on taking the road. I shouldn't have complained, though. It was a lot less scary there than when we hit the San Isabel National forest--and the snowstorm hit us. I lost 5 years off my life that day, I think!

Kate said...

The lack of snow can be an economic worry-both employment and drought in some areas. Wish nature would be more even-handed! Great photo...that's quite a machine.

The Real Cie said...

Like you I both appreciate and dislike the sanding and de-icer. Now the sand doesn't bother my car tires any, but the de-icer does eat into the metal. I suppose I can't cry the blues too much though. This, my functioning car, is 21 years old, and I hope I can make it last another 10 years at least!

Cuzzin Hildy-Bob can be found down on the Netherworld Farm if you ever want something silly to laugh at.

Sharon said...

I attempted to wrap my mouth around those words but, I didn't get very far!

Chrissy Brand said...

Great photo, and I think I have just embarassed myself by trying to say those long Swedish words aloud in my work office ;-)

Chrissy at Manchester: a photo a day at Mancunian Wave

Halcyon said...

There hasn't been too much snow here in Toronto either. And the city has cut its budget for snow removal. Guess we'll see how that works out.

CaT said...

at first it looks unpronouncable. but reading it more carefully, its like dutch, but with a weird swedish accent.. ;)
i have a swedish friend here and she could very well understand it when i was speaking dutch with my bf (luckily it was not something bad about her :P)

Jack said...

That is certainly a tongue-twister. I should give you an Indian name to try to pronounce.

Stoked4Life™ said...

Hi Steff, playing around with language is always nice. Try this, and see (and hear) how we call them. They can usually be seen doing nothing. ;) Nice photo btw, it tells the story of this unusual warm winter..

Rudy

Peter said...

Auusies would shorten the name to 'staddies'.

Julie said...

I came back here to check to see if it was 'our' Peter, and sure enough. I smile at his suggestion. He is spot on, of course.

My grand-daughter would love this shot, Steffe. She has a book all about road-making and is heavily into graders!!

Steffe said...

I have a flickr set with a few more tractors Julie. It can be admired here.

I can understand both Dutch and German when I hear it. May words are similar.

I'm sure that made a few people laugh Chrissy!