Thursday afternoon is my coffee group time. We meet at The Kitchen in downtown Meaford. Unfortunately snow removal is not one of Meaford's strong points. Although a three foot strip down the sidewalk had been plowed and sanded, the snow was just pushed to one side, partly on to the street. The only access points were two or three spots where merchants, including The Kitchen, had shovelled a gap in the snowbank.
Mrs. F.G. usually lets me out at the end of the block in weather like this, but that was blocked by a snowbank too. We fought our way into a snow-covered parking spot, and I had to exit through six inches of snow. Then I had a chat with the coffee shop owner about winter access to downtown. The alternative during the winter is the local MacDonald's. At least they serve good coffee. And the disabled space is right outside the door, and it's always clear.
But not many of our group wants to patronize an international company instead of a locally owned and operated business. Our decision remains in abeyance. We'll see what the weather is like next week.
The other problem I realized later, is the sand and grit. After I got home I had to sit on a mat for an hour waiting for the wheels to dry. Only after Mrs. F.G. had attacked me with a broom and got all the grit out could I move. Between the snow and the sanding of the sidewalks there are serious limitations to going downtown in the winter!
We added another member to our group today. We're up to nine now, all former very active volunteers with the local Bruce Trail Club. Wherever we meet, I enjoy the conversation.