Muddyboots

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Thursday, 5 February 2009

Dratted weather.



I am not exactly obsessed with the weather, but being married to a farmer l know many people who are. They watch the TV weather forecast with an irritating regularity, today's weather is........... Well it certainly isn't warm and sunny or even springlike, it is wet. Wet as in precipitation and windy as in storm force 12. I understand other parts of the UK are having snow. the news broadcast show pictures of children frolicking in the white stuff, adults wearing skis being towed along by a neighbour's car, schools being closed, the news reporter urging us to stay at home........... Hello, we have no snow, and l repeat this time VERY LOUDLY we have NO snow.

What we do have is yet more rain. I drove through to Driffield this afternoon, in the rain, and every field has glistening lakes spreading across the farm land, rain falling on icy waterlogged fields. Now, if the temperature seriously dropped we could perhaps have some fun ice skating around the fields or up and down the drainage dykes. Was it in Tom's Midnight Garden that the children skating along the fens? Good book that.

In between showers, Harry and myself, with dogs in tow, have manged to get down to the cliff top,walking is a little tiring as you have to walk with your back bent at a 45' angle leaning into the wind whilst the dogs have wrinkly ears similar to Winnie the Pooh's & Piglet in the illustration showing them hunting for the woozle, we haven't, however actually gone down onto the beach. Normally it is a gentle hop down into Withow Gap and then off you go, this week it looks to be more like a large leap onto a piles of rocks, pebbles and concrete that have been hurled up against the cliff base, as for the sand - there is none, not a solitary grain - all washed away, so last year the beach was on a level with the lowest point of the cliff say 10 foot, this year we are looking at a drop down of 15 foot. the beach just looks like a bomb site, literally. Plenty of waves for those ultra keen surfers looking for that special rip curl or whatever they call it.

So then, there it is never a dull moment so far as the weather is concerned, we all love to moan and groan about it but, just think, if we had glorious sunshine with blue skies everyday we would loose one of the most important topics in English conversation, 'What's the weather doing where you are today then?'.



11 comments:

Mrs ElderBerry said...

Really my dear, if you saw just how much snow fell and how much snow is sitting on my thatched roof, you would not be wishing for snow.

Elizabethd said...

Well, no snow here either. I have a secret longing for white fields, white garden, slidy roads...maybe not. We are, however, absolutely fed up with the rain that is enveloping Brittany. The garden is full of small lakes, the earth is driping wetly off the edge of the flower beds, and we want snow.

Sally's Chateau said...

Well maybe I should keep quiet here or then again maybe not ...... washing dried very nicely on the line in the SUN, then blow me down the clouds came over and it RAINED, then it had the cheek to SNOW. Never mind poor Mrs Elderberry sounds worried about her thatch.

Mutterings and Meanderings said...

Cold, blue blue skies - and no snow - here!

Yorkshire Pudding said...
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Yorkshire Pudding said...

I love the fact that English weather is so unpredictable because that is like life itself - never knowing what is round the next corner. Last February was, I believe, the sunniest on record and one of the warmest too. We forget so easily.

bodran... said...

Snow snow lots of snow ahhhh the only time of year my garden looks tidy .xx

Ellie said...

No snow here - brilliant sunshine today, much to the newfies' disgust

Pondside said...

Just cold and misty over on this side of the Pond. No wind, no rain. A good day for a walk in the tide pools.

Arcadian Advocate said...

Shall we send you some of the white stuff we have lots to spare... We are now dreading the thaw on account of the depth of the snow and the fact that the ponds are already full and the watershed brimming.

With one of the family on a commuter run tomorrow the morning is bound to bring more trouble of one sort or another..

ChrisH said...

We have some sunshine today and it's so welcome.

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