The big chill and a Tornado
We opened for half term at the beginning of February and enjoyed seeing some of our regular customers and getting in the swing of things after our winter break.
We saw the most snow at the end of the month that there's been since we moved here seven years ago. Fortunately for us it arrived after half term was over.
The Beast from the East brought a heavy fall of dry, powdery snow and very low temperatures that meant it stayed around for a while.
We enjoyed walking through the woods safe in the knowledge we could thaw out in front of the log burner on our return.
We noticed these icicles when the thaw began. We were preparing for a busy time at the beginning of March when `The Tornado' steam locomotive was due to visit the NYMR and haul trains.
The Tornado had managed to get here before the snow but, because of the snow, the start of its scheduled running on the line was delayed by three days. The weather had improved by the last day of its running and we were very busy with lots of customers taking advantage of the better weather to get out, see a special steam engine and enjoy a good coffee with us.
We saw this junior sized traction engine out for a run in the village on the sunny morning we had a much needed log delivery. Unfortunately we weren't able to use it to haul our logs up to the school.