English: The Forth Road Bridge The unusual sig...
The Forth Road Bridge The unusual sight of the bridge devoid of all traffic because of severe weather conditions. When there is a strong wind blowing motorcycles and high sided vehicles are not permitted to cross, but today conditions were considered to be dangerous to all traffic and the bridge was closed for most of the day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been confined to staying in the house today, that is Tuesday 6th as I write this and all because of the weather. I did venture outside a few moments ago in order to lower and remove the flag because of the high gusty winds we are presently experiencing. Gusts of up to 50 mph make being outside a bit of a struggle to walk about in and as for the flag, well the top speed the wind reaches before we need to take it down is 35 mph as recommended by the supplier of both the pole and flag. It is unusual for it to be so windy at this time of year hereabouts but as we all know, the weather has changed a lot for each of us during the last few years. We cannot complain about the current weather conditions after the recent warm long spells we’ve had, that too unusual. Anyway as I am not presently doing any electrical work there is no real need to be going anywhere except for walks, appointments and social activities and I have little of those just now. My social life is limited to the occasional visit to the pub these days. Who wants to be out in the wind anyway? The weather doesn’t prevent me from going to the pub of course as if it is so bad I drive there. I don’t have to worry about drinking alcohol because I stopped drinking alcohol a few years ago. I prefer to walk to the pub though, except when the wind is high. I feel like a hermit, a recluse, hiding away from the world when I stay at home with nothing to do but be that as it may I often stay at home when the weather is good and I have things to do. Strange person I am. It’s a little like a catch twenty-two situation with me, whatever I do I am sometimes uncomfortable doing it! If I remain at home I feel I want to go out and if I go out I feel I want to be at home. how silly is that? Definitely a strange person. Maybe I ought to be confined?…….Just thinking. Junk mail, unsolicited phone calls make being at home annoying for me. at least when I am out I can leave the phone at home if I please. Perhaps I take things too seriously and should chill out a little but I sure don’t want to do that out and about in the wind!

Shirley Anne


No freezing cold weather

English: St Gwynno Forest Part of the extensiv...
English: St Gwynno Forest Part of the extensive forest with a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the last few days the weather here has been quite reasonable with no frost, no ice and for the most part quite dry. Today, Wednesday, as I write this the day started with sunshine but by afternoon it began to rain quite heavily. I have been going out for walks which is fine when it isn’t raining but less so when it is. December weather these days is quite mild and I remember a time when it wasn’t always so. Call it global warming or something to do with a low in the normal cycle of weather but whichever is right it just seems a bit odd to me. No doubt we will be in for some cold times in the near future so I think it best to enjoy the mild spell whist we are able. Looking out over the rear garden the grass is lush and some of the border plants are in flower. Seasonal vegetables are still growing but the deciduous trees look somewhat forlorn empty of their green foliage. This is one reason I like to see evergreen trees and shrubs in my garden to keep it looking alive and pleasant to look at. My bicycle stands waiting to be ridden again, I don’t use it when it is raining or if it is frosty, I use it only for pleasure and exercise. Most times I will go for a walk during days of poorer weather. It is nice to stay at home when the weather is poor but I am biting at the bit wanting to get out in the fresh air and hopefully there will be plenty of opportunity to do just that, even at this time of year. It is a time for the moment to rest from the working life and simply enjoy myself. I know there will be lots to do soon enough, the problem with that though is that I may feel a little reluctant to start the ball rolling again!

Shirley Anne


In a few months time

Actual jet stream configuration
Actual jet stream configuration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Currently here in the United Kingdom we are experiencing some very fine but unseasonal weather. Temperatures are hovering around twice what they would normally be at this time of year. A temperature of around 11 deg C would be normal but in some places we have had 23 deg! Where I live it has been a more modest 20 deg but still it isn’t normal. A high pressure system hovers over the whole nation like some demented demon wishing to inflict upon us a false sense of security for by next week, and even toward Friday this week the temperatures are set to plummet. So on again with warmer clothes it has to be. With the high pressure comes low overnight temperatures too though. I don’t think the temperatures will drop below the seasonal average but I do think we will be in for some inclement weather in the not too distant future. We’ve not had any appreciable rain for some time and that is very unusual! Many of the plants in the garden are in full bloom however some of them do blossom even during the winter anyway. In a few months time I can picture us declaring that we haven’t had much of a summer and be making reference to this spectacular week of warmth and bright sunshine as being the only summer we’ll get this year. People do tend to forget much about the weather they’ve had and seem only to remember the times when it has been unusual. I can remember some very warm summers that we’ve had over the last sixty-something years but I can also remember some very poor summers and harsh winters like those of ’62/63 and ’63/64 being two notable ones. They say that the jet stream has more influence on our weather than anything else for it seems that when it flows in a certain direction relative to the British Isles our weather suffers as a result and we either get bad weather or good weather depending on which way the jet flows. I have been fortunate this last week as I have had plenty of spare time on my hands to be able to enjoy the warm sunshine out in the garden. In a few months time I may not get the opportunity, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse!

Shirley Anne


Good gliding weather: Light wind and cumulus c...
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I don’t have to remind my readers just how windy it has been these last few days. There has been little or no respite. Of all the weather elements wind is the one that I really dislike. Rain can be dealt with by using an umbrella or waterproof clothing but the wind sometimes defeats the use of an umbrella. Snow isn’t a problem until it becomes too deep or until it turns to compressed ice but having the correct footwear helps considerably and of course nobody moans when the sun is shining. It is the driving wind which gets me down. There is an old saying which has to apply and it goes like this: Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not. A good spelling exercise for children but having an element of wisdom too. It really doesn’t matter what we think about the weather, nothing we can say will change it so we have to endure it when it is bad and be grateful when it is fine. Although I have been feeling somewhat windswept these last few days I know it won’t last, there will be better days ahead and so it is the same in life. We can be feeling down and thinking the whole world is against us. We can be feeling the pinch in these hard times. We can be experiencing bad relationships or having none at all. Many things in life can make us feel not at our best but they do help to build us up and give us the strength to go on. Wind or no wind, it doesn’t really matter but like the wind we must plod on regardless. Put on a smile, grin and bear it for things will surely get better and so will you.

Shirley Anne