Never mind Milko, you have my sympathy vote - as one who bought a new pair of shoes a good two years ago and is yet to wear them in properly.......I thought I'd see how much extra use I could get out of the old comfortable ones which were on the way out and find myself still wearing them although there's a big hole by the big toe with a bit of foam poking out !
Try a quick visit to Northants, only the next county - the lads always look so well heeled there !
Cheers Tony but looking at Google Earth it looks as if another lot of wet stuff has just come up over the Channel for tonight!
Yes and I was out in 'cats 'n dogs' rain on a vintage bike, had to take shelter in a pub
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I can't help but think how much the "seasons" of the weather have changed in recent years and today really seems to emphasise that....
Looking out of the window earlier this morning, the blue sky and sunshine made me decide that today would probably be a good time to mow the lawn.... yes, the grass is pretty wet (as well as much longer than usual) but with rain forecasted for tomorrow it seemed unlikely that it would get any drier than today!
So, out I went and started to cut the grass.... within a few minutes I had spotted several butterflies still fluttering around the garden, seemingly that our roses are still blooming and lots of other plants and flowers still very colourful. I quickly started to feel rather warm so decided to "do a Lelliott" and put my shorts on, it felt more like early September that 1st November and I was not surprised to read afterwards that UK temperature records for Halloween were broken yeaterday.
The lawn finished, I got out some old photo albums and looked back at pictures from 30-40 years ago from this time of year.... plenty of pictures there of me and my parents wearing thick jumpers, coats, hats and scarves some of which even showed snow in November, perhaps more surprising than that was that I even had hair in those days!
I still remember my days of childhood when the seasons seemed to be so clearly defined.... in the winter (December, January and February) it seemed that it was always cold and we often had snow, sometimes this seemed to be on the ground for almost all of those 3 months. Spring started to show signs of arriving in March although it was normally April or May before the weather started to get warmer and the leaves started to show. Summer (June, July and August) always seemed to consist of blue sky, warm sunshine and minimal amounts of rain, just the occasional hefty thunderstorm to clear the air. Autumn started to arrive in September with more rain and not quite as hot with normally stormy weather with some frosty evenings for October and November.
Of course, my memories are "romantacised" by the joys of childhood with nothing more to worry about than a school test on Monday morning, whether "that girl" in the other class likes me enough to kiss me and wondering if I will score a goal in the next school football match.... .... but it really does feel now that one season just blends into the next with no apparent difference apart from it gets dark earlier in the evenings and occasionally even Mr Lelliott needs to put his sheepskin coat on (but never a pair of trousers) while waiting for me to pick him up for our match!
Living where we do, on the south coast between Brighton and Worthing, we almost seem to have our own special "micro-climate" which does even more to make the separate seasons disappear. We live on a narrow strip of land between the South Downs on one side and the sea on the other.... the hills stop much of the cold weather reaching us and the sea adds to the warmth of the area naturally as well.
There have been many times in the past that areas of Sussex on the North side of the Downs have had quite a bit of snow whereas we have had none at all.... perhaps the most extreme example I can think of that was a few years ago driving along the A27 towards Brighton and it was raining at one end of the tunnel behind Shoreham only to find heavy snow at the other end with 2 or 3 inches on the ground already, all within the space of about 800 yards of each other.
Long may the warm weather continue.... even though it means the lawn mower will have to come out again soon!
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Extreme weather conditions again, the world's gone crazy. After a warm February which prompted the early appearance of daffodils, grape hyacinths and cherry blossom, March has been absolute crap so far.
Here in Crawley we're stuck in a valley (surrounded by the High Weald) and storms bounce round the sides, the wind blows and clouds don't lift until they've deposited all their contents.
This morning, aound 8 o'clock an 80mph gust caused this to happen right opposite where our daughter lives:
Yes, a giant oak tree has virtually split the house in half and to rub salt in the wounds damaged two cars parked at the other side.
With emergency services, including lifting gear, being deployed to the scene, access to her road is completely blocked so I did a shuttle service for granddaughter Jessica who was due to meet Margo in town for a coffee. But a minor inconvenience when compared with the scene opposite. Luckily nobody was seriously injured.