It's minus 9 degrees Centigrade outside this morning. I've been in this temperature on mountain tops in Britain before, but I've never known it at 50 meters above sea level... it literally takes your breath away!
Minus 6 here in Yorkshire, but according to the weather on my computer it is minus 14 in Knutsford where my daughter lives. I am going to walk into the village now to get milk, bread, and hopefully something for dinner tonight. I have put on all my winter walking gear so It should be a "Bracing" walk.
Well, we've moved house, and are in the midst of a complete rewire and a complete re-plumb... so the heating is non-existent! I'm running a single fan heater in the kitchen when the workmen's supply allows, which isn't often. We think (well, wistfully hope) that electricity will be up and running for part of the house tomorrow, but the central heating is still a few days off.
(I have never been so keen to work long hours but, because of the snow'n'ice, the powers that be want us all to leave early... so I'm hiding in my lab, hoping not to be noticed... shhhh whisper, please...)
It's funny, I'd never consider walking to work if I didn't have to.
It wouldn't be so bad on a dry day, but I wouldn't want to do it on a rainy day. I'd love to be able to cycle to work, but on junction I have to go through is scary enough in a car.
Regarding "'evil' employers docking people's pay for not going into work." We have to either take a day unpaid, or use a day of holiday if it's clear someone hasn't attempted to get in to work. I'm not sure how this will be policed, maybe if two people live on the same estate and one gets into work and one doesn't...