Fifth December Blog

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Soon be wearing this one.

Soon be wearing this one.

Fifth December Blog. 11-12-14

Let there be …… Sunlight.

Down in the south the sun gleams brightly,
Never a cloud to daunt the sky.
Of course, the whole deal is temporary,
For winter looms. Bad weather is nigh.

Up in the north, the rain has been sleeting,
Reminding those living and working so hard,
That icy cold tendrils are constantly creeping
Into the airways, so be in your guard.

Warm woolly hats, and gloves keeping you from harm,
Everyone needs them, when icy blasts blow.
Long seasons coats and scarves, safely you’ll be warm,
You will be, if you wear these as onward you go.

Don’t forget boots, these chill winter mornings,
Silly heeled shoes, are not the done wares.
Soon as you see a bright sunshine, a’dawning,
Without them, you ‘ll find you have lots of cares.

Noses like Rudolf, but dripping and drooling
As frozen honkers, you surely will find
Coughing, sneezing, all types of dueling
Between colds, flu, bronchial or kind.

Copyright Evelyn J. Steward.

There are all kinds of weather in these Islands of ours. From down in the south, right up to the north of Scotland, always different, never the same. Could be icy in the north, balmy in the south, coast to coast, so many changes.

For we live on a large island that keeps its own council. Unlike Europe, where great land masses mostly rule the weather, ours comes from all over. From Europe sometimes but more often than not, from the west, the Atlantic Ocean, and further on from the United States. Again, a great land mass that has a hand in how its weather patterns emerge.

I am not a weather expert, but have been interested in our weather most of my life. And someone studying this ugreat world of ours might heartily disagree. They are entitled! I do not have a degree in weather science. I do have knowledge from past experience, living in these islands all my life (apart from a few forays abroad for holidays).

I keep hearing that we are in for a hard winter here, but is that just newspaper hype or truth from the Met. Office? You tell me?

What we should all do is get our winter clothing out of storage ( saw a guy crossing the road this a.m. In shorts????? – it was sunny, but quite chilly). Never hurts to be like the Boy Scouts motto. “Be Prepared”, and quite rightly so. Which very often here, when snow does appear. NO ONE IS PREPARED, even though it may have been spoken about for days beforehand. You see, we have snow so little, that we all say ‘ nah! Ain’t gonna happen’, and when it does happen. Really! No! We do not believe it until we have it falling around our ears. And I am not the only one who will tell you so.

It is nearly 4 p.m. and almost dark. Think how dark it must be in the far north? When I tell people we are not that far from the Arctic Circle ( no, really, not far at all) I hear cries of disbelief. OK, not right up against it, but not so far away frim it either. Winter Solstice, 21st December, the shortest day of the year, brings darkness to us early, and I am probably repeating myself, and dawn comes late. Darker if there is cloud, which in winter, more often than not, there is. Today it has been sunny, as I mentioned, so the light has been with us this afternoon for that much longer. A Blessing indeed.

So there it is, one day in winter. Of course, everyone born here and lived here for a greater number of years, knows that winter is not winter here until January and even February, when winter can be at its worst. Even though daylight is inexorably creeping back to us.

Keep well, keep warm, stay cheerful.

Evelyn

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