Snow Dawn (©2012 by Andy Vickers)
I’ve just finished work for the holidays, Nat King Cole is on the radio wishing me Merry Christmas yet I’ve just been stood outside on the balcony, drinking tea in the sunshine and I didn’t need a winter coat.
Now in reality it hasn’t regularly snowed at Christmas in this part of Britain for many, many decades – the idea of snow on Christmas day comes in part from Charles Dickens’ whose childhood, at the end of the Little Ice Age, was a time of much snow and where even the Thames would freeze solid – but even so this feels bizarre.
These days I look forward to snow on my birthday, that happens regularly as can be seen in my Christmassy picture above taken on that day in February 2012 .
Anyway, despite the lack of the white stuff here in mid-England I will wish all my readers a Happy Christmas and a wonderful new year.
Rain camera (Photo credit: @Doug88888)
How to guarantee it’s warm and sunny just about every time you step outside your front door… Buy a nice new wet-weather jacket in June.
It’s a lovely, warm and comfortable jacket and I’ve used it twice during a summer that was much better than the last few years’. It’s a strange psychological reaction, you’ve bought something new and you want to use it straight away, you want other people to see your bright or shiny new thing but you can’t, it’s frustrating and suddenly you find yourself pleased to see something like the rain that you’d normally moan about. I suppose it’s the same for someone who bought a convertible car, or a barbecue and a freezer-full of meat just before one of our lousy wet summers.
In the last three weeks I’ve used it twice and now we’re back to summer again, with only three months to Christmas. Anyone fancy barbecued turkey this year?