Our clocks went forward an hour last night. I woke up at 7.00am, feeling bleary (it was, after all, only 6.00am this time yesterday) I threw some clothes on and staggered out to open the chicken coop. It didn’t feel particularly cold, but a glance at the thermometer as I passed showed -5′C (23′F).
With the chix fed and watered and a check for eggs (none as yet) I headed back inside, stopping just long enough to check on my rhubarb, which has started to grow despite being covered in several inches of snow. That’s when I noticed the Tete-a-Tete narcissus, flowering in snow that has yet to melt. We have had more snow than normal in Yorkshire this year and it’s fallen later too, the weather experts are blaming the Gulf Stream, yet these signs of the seasons still turning as they should bring a smile to my face.
With so much snow still about this Easter, there will be many jokes today about “British Summer Time”, but as I type this the sun is shining brightly and, despite the weather forecast, it really does feel like spring has sprung and summer isn’t far away.
Happy Easter folks.
I hope you can remember how to read and pronounce the Yorkshire dialect (sorry, t’Yorkshire dialect), ‘cos you’re going to need it again here (refer to June 2012′s post if you need a refresher, class):
Reg Turner’s ‘Obby
“Ee, we’ve had some weather recently”, I overheard, as doglet and I made our way through the park this morning. The remark made me smile to myself, it’s just the sort of blindingly obvious statement that one quite often hears living in Yorkshire (being a Yorkshirewoman I probably make them too). You’ll hear them yourself, no doubt, wherever you live in the world. However, it was the tone in which it was said that gave me pause: a sad, glass half-empty, moan.
I agree, we’ve had “some weather”; it’s rained, frozen, snowed, thawed, snowed again, poured down and today… the sun is shining and there’s a chill wind blowing, but the sun is shining and the slushy, icy, snow is disappearing fast and the sun is shining!
During the freeze that we had before the snow I took this picture:
Doglet and I were out for one of our walks, everywhere was crispy with thick frost – beautiful. The frost didn’t last long, so this natural artwork was lost forever within the space of a day.
The morning after the first heavy snow fell last week I took this picture:
Here the snow outlines the branches of the Flowering Cherry tree that grows in our garden. Again the beauty was lost in the space of a day, when the snow thawed a little and the branches were left winter-bare once more.
What am I trying to say? This: Here in the UK no particular kind of weather ever lasts long. Our country’s so small that the pressure systems that brought us sun today will soon move on and we’ll have rain, or frost, or snow, “some weather” tomorrow. Just remember to look up, to see what temporary beauty we’ve been blessed with.
In the time it’s taken me to write this we’ve had a sudden downpour. The sun’s shining again now. Ee, we’ve had some weather recently.