Absolute disgrace!

This morning I had a small job to do in a pub 12 miles away. It wasn’t an urgent job so it didn’t matter too much if I went another day. However I had arranged to go this morning. I set off in good time but it took me at least a half hour to drive about a mile and a half! The roads were covered with ice and traffic was simply crawling along. The local authority had not been out to spread grit, not even on the main highways. That is an absolute disgrace and inexcusable. Not knowing whether the adjacent authority of West Lancashire had been out with the grit spreading vehicles I abandoned the idea of driving the extra 11 miles to my destination and returned home through the town. The roads there faired a little better but only due to the heavy traffic which had ‘warmed’ the roads a bit. The roads had not been treated even here! When I finally got home I telephoned the pub manager and apologised but he was understanding and agreed with me that the authorities had let us all down. I will try again in a day or so. This afternoon I have a job in the town and as the main roads there are better there should be no problem, maybe………

Shirley Anne

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It’s back!

Got up this morning at 5 (toilet) and looked outside. Dry. Went back to bed and got up again at 6 (to stay up). Looked outside and everywhere was covered in snow! Although it isn’t snowing now the forecast isn’t good and we have been promised more snow on the way. Well thank you, I’d rather not have it…LOL. Soon be Spring………

Shirley Anne

In for a change?

I was awakened by a telephone call this morning at 9.30. I had been quite tired last night and welcomed the extra lie in bed. It was a call to do some work, just a small job and worth the journey of 8 miles. Before I left my bedroom another call came in which sounded a little more involved and I arranged to call after the first job. This was a bit farther afield and as it turned out was involved but worth going to do. When I left home it was dry and cold and remained so even when I got to the second job about 14 miles away. On the way home, via a different route, I noticed that snow had been falling there, not a great amount but everywhere got progressively white as I drove along. Eventually I had to make a left turn and make the 4 mile journey over open country towards home. This road was covered in snow and slush and the fields were all white. As I got into town it was just the same. My driveway was covered in half an inch of snow. It has been very unusual for us on the coast to have much in the way of snow over the last few years and any we have had has not stayed very long. The forecast for tomorrow is a more severe covering of the white stuff. Maybe we are in for a change. I hope not but time will tell. Much as I like snow on picture postcards, it is a pain to travel through it! It is at times like this that I wonder about global warming, especially as it is getting colder here….LOL. I have to drive tomorrow and I’m hoping the weather won’t be too bad.

Shirley Anne

’twas on a frosty morning……

The title of an old English song rings true this morning. The first day of December has brought a widespread frost over the whole country. I had occasion to take out the garbage bin for collection today and looked with dismay at the countless needles and cones which lay strewn across our front driveways. There were ordinary leaves there too. It was only a week or so since I last cleared up the drive but with last week’s windy weather and it being Autumn many more needles, cones and leaves had dropped from the trees. It is cold this morning and any surface water has turned to ice. However the driveway needed clearing so I found the yard brush and swept it all into a heap ready to be binned later. We have a natural waste collection every two weeks but today they collect recyclable waste, metal cans, bottles and paper. I didn’t notice or rather feel the cold as I was exercising! When I got back inside though I realised how cold I really was! Does this mean Winter has decided to come early or is it just an isolated icy day? We’ll see.

Shirley Anne

It’s Summer again!

This morning as I set out to work I was wearing a coat. It wasn’t long before I had to remove it. It is so warm and sunny today you’d be forgiven for thinking it was still Summer. It appears we are being fed warm air from the Iberian peninsular, Spain for the uninitiated, this has kept the temperature hovering around 17/18 C. Coupled with bright sunshine it is just like Summer again! We quite often get what we call an Indian Summer in late September or early October, which is really what I have just described but it is almost November! However, rain is still forecast for the rest of the week.

Shirley Anne

Rain, rain, rain……..I feel fine.

I got soaked today. Not surprising really, it hasn’t stopped raining all day but it has been quite warm and humid with it. Rain, rain, rain but I feel fine. I heard a remark from an English comedian on the television tonight and he was describing what the older generation talk about each time he met any of them. ‘All they talk about is how hot, cold, wet, damp, foggy, humid, dry the weather is’, he said. It is becoming the norm for many people to pass remarks about the weather. Try getting through the whole day without hearing someone you meet mention the weather or you yourself mentioning some aspect of it. You might be amazed at what you find. For a long time now I have decided that the weather is something we should simply accept. I got wet today but I feel fine. I didn’t give it a second thought. It was raining, I went out in it and I got wet. End of story. I didn’t rush back indoors and moan about it or even mention it but the occupant of the house simply had to say something. It’s like an obsession, it’s ingrained into some people’s exsitence, it’s something to talk about, it’s something to moan about. For heaven’s sake it’s just the weather!

Shirley Anne

No grass?

Looking out of my kitchen window today I thought the grass had all turned brown. The lawn is almost completely covered in brown leaves. I looked up to the tall trees and much of the leaves have turned brown but still hanging on except for the occasional one falling. It will only take one windy day I suppose and the trees will be almost bare again. At the moment where I live we are having reasonably fine weather with little wind. That looks set for a few days more. We are only seven days away from the Autumnal Equinox marking the beginning of Autumn and the end of what passes for Summer here. I like this time of year and am looking forward to the months ahead. I am glad we have seasons and would find it unbearable having the same weather all year round as some places do.

Shirley Anne x

No Seasons

I went to somebody’s house this morning to do a small job. Turned out there wasn’t a fault after all but the girl and I chatted awhile about her pedigree dogs (she breeds long haired Dachshunds). At the moment she has nine and they are all lovely little things. One unfortunately is completely blind. She went on to talk about her forthcoming divorce and how her husband had been lying about his job in Saudi Arabia and how she and their nine year old son, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, went to Saudi and presented her husband with the divorce papers to the amazement of all his friends who were totally ignorant of his deceitful ways with his wife. Anyhow she mentioned how hot it was in that country. I mentioned that I’d recently been to Canada, Montreal and Quebec where at the time the temperature was surprisingly hot, in the mid thirties (celsius of course) but that it can get very cold there too. Temperatures of minus forty are not uncommon. She said that at least they have seasons and that we don’t have seasons here in the UK. Well she is wrong of course but I know what she meant. Over the last few years I have noticed that our Winters are warmer and our Summers cooler so that the effect is a more even temperature throughout the year. Obviously the temperature span is still quite wide and if you consider the average temperatures over a year are probably in the range of -5C to +25C for most of the country it proves we still do have seasons, it just sometimes feels that we don’t.

Shirley Anne

Autumn leaves.

Over the last two days we have experienced some very windy weather mixed with rain and sunshine. The temperature fluctuates between 18 and 21C during the day and drops to around 14C at night. It is the tail end of Hurricane Bill as it sweeps back east from whence it came. We are generally blessed here on the west coast because we are in the Gulf Stream but when some of the hurricanes that hit the American seaboard do not continue overland and follow the coastline, the weakening winds find their way over here. It’s a sign of cooler times ahead and yet here in the UK we often get warm Septembers these days. Summer officially ends 23rd September at the Autumnal Equinox but that doesn’t have any real sudden bearing on weather changes. I have recently been to Quebec where they have experienced a very short warm summer and things there are beginning to get colder even as I write. I remember years ago when we had long summer days of heat but these days it seems that it doesn’t get as hot for as long as it used to but it is generally warmer and milder throughout the year. That is probably the reason we don’t get prolonged severely cold winters. Our winters, especially where I live, are generally quite mild.
Looking in the garden this morning there are a lot of leaves lying on the grass. That is most probably caused by the high winds we’ve had overnight but I had noticed a few there some days ago when the wind wasn’t as bad. It’s the early signs of Autumn’s approach, my favourite time of year. Come December and Autumn leaves…………….

Shirley Anne x

Summertime blues?

The hot Summer we were promised, not really the right word, forecast, has not yet materialised. We did have a couple of weeks of fairly hot and dry weather in the beginning of June as I recall but traditionally July and August are usually the warmest. Well July has been a bit cool and wet for most of the time and the forecast, if we can believe it, is for further ‘unsettled weather’ for at least the week ahead. They call it ‘unsettled’ because it can’t make it’s mind up whether to be dry, wet, cool or warm, windy or calm. Usually ‘unsettled’ means we’ll get a bit of all those things! Personally I am not too bothered like some people are. It’s as though they can’t do anything just because it happens to be raining or it is too windy or cool. Everyone seems to want it warm, dry and calm and yet when it is like that they start to moan that it is too warm or dry. Funnily enough people don’t seem to moan if it is calm per se. So they get ‘the blues’. There are aspects of the weather I really dislike and they are when it is too hot, too humid, which I think is even worse, too windy and if it rains continuously for weeks on end. However life has to go on so I don’t moan about it. Here in the UK moaning about the weather is becoming, if it isn’t already, a national pastime. Sometimes the first words you hear when you meet someone is, ‘Isn’t the weather awful’, or ‘Isn’t the weather hot’ and so on. As a nation it seems we are obsessed with remarking about the weather. Whatever the season, the weather will do it’s thing. That’s the way it is and the way it will always be. Never mind the Summertime Blues.

Shirley Anne