Thursday, 5 February 2009
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?'.