Sunday, April 12, 2009

English Weather

For several years now we have been very smug about the fact that, although it can rain here (and I mean RAIN, with a capital R-A-I-N), it usually only lasts for a day or two and then returns to beautiful blue skies. And although we can get the odd cold snap in the winter, the temperatures are usually high enough to go out in a light coat - and, of course, it is always sunny, even when cold.

And the rest of the time... well, it's just sunny, with a capital S-U.... well, you get the idea.

So it has been a bit of a shock this winter to have long periods of wet weather with leaden grey skies. Damp, horrible, feel-it-in-your-bones type weather. And every time it looks like clearing up and you think "spring has arrived", it just turns to crap again.

And so it is this week. Only last weekend we were playing golf all day in t-shirts and contemplating how many more days before we go the whole hog and switch from long pants to shorts. And now, here we are again, huddled indoors, staring wistfully through the windows at the leaden skies and rapidly flooding garden.

Even though the English are born to this sort of weather, you get used to the other stuff once you have been here a few years and the crap stuff just seems to hit you harder, for some reason.

Not helped by the fact that the rain gives us an excuse to do the cleaning. How the hell that dog can lose so much bloody hair and not be bald is beyond me. I'm going to clingfilm him....

No comments: