I think we can just about claim a white Christmas. Everywhere else is just ice and a bit of slush. But in the front garden it kind of lives on. None left in the neighbouring gardens.
So hope everyone is feeling happy, loved and valued. If not them I’m sending shed loads of hugs out.
There was a time when you could put some faith in the UK Government doing the right thing and providing a modicum of truth…….
So the Government are instructing parents to send their kids back to school after the summer holidays. The clear message is that it is perfectly safe. No need to worry. In fact no need for schools to observe most of the current pandemic and social distancing regulations. Those things just complicate the return process. Parents who fail to comply will be fined.
On the other hand….
A number of areas are reporting spikes in Corona Virus cases particularly amongst the younger age groups. The Director of Public Health from Liverpool issued the following warning – “this is a really dangerous moment for case numbers and we need people not to let their guard down.”
When the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor broke lockdown rules he was defended by our so called leader. Johnson said the following “he behaved responsibly and with integrity and followed the instincts of every father.”
I will happily see you in court Boris….
It’s just been days of angry weather.
When I see this type of stormy clouds I remember back to my childhood. As you got older you started to realise that in our seaside town the weather would always seem to come from over the hills and follow the river to the sea. For us that would mean the weather would first appear to the north west. That was in the direction of one of our neighbours gardens. So the following weather expression was frequently heard from my parents.
It’s luking black ower Mr Homans Potting Shed, aye get thy washing in.
When means you have just a few minutes more footy before your summoned in as the heavens have opened. If the weather ever came from over Eddie Cook’s Pigeon Loft then it was time to get the paddling pool out.
Strangely parenting forecasting from the 70s was far more accurate that the current UK Meteorological Service best guesses. Currently the weather scientists are telling us that we have light cloud and less than a 10% chance of light rain. Well tell that to the paving stones which are currently being jet washed in the nonstop monsoon.
So let’s ditch the UK’s dodgy weather science and go old school. So here are a few other old weather laws that were passed down to me.
- Red sky at night fisherman’s delight, red sky in the morning fisherman’s warning,
- Mackerel Clouds in the sky then the weather is going to change,
- The Sun or Moon saying hello means that rain is on the way (saying hello means having a halo around it),
- The greener the Rhubard leaves the worse the weather will be,
- Wet seaweed means rain is coming (I never bought into this one as surely that just means the tide has been in recently),
- Rain at lunch will be gone by tea (basically saying the UK weather is changeable),
- When rain is coming the spiders will disappear,
- Rainbows before lunch tells us that rain will be here all day,
- Cows sit down when rain is due (must admit this is clearly true as I was watching an episode of Ben & Holly where the wise old elf foolishly took shelter under a cow when it started to rain),
- When smoke rises the weather will be good. When it fails to rise them bad weather is due,
- Expect a bad winter if the hedgerows produce loads of berries,
- If you want a dry day best to have dew on the grass in the morning.
One last weather law. I had a friend whose dad was a complete nutter. So funny. I remember him telling me once about his rabbit. He explained that his rabbit would only eat carrots when it was raining. I asked what it had to eat when it was sunny and he told me with a smile – I don’t know, will tell you when we get the sun, patience lad I’ve only had the rabbit 3 years.…
So that’s me out of weather law. Can anyone add to my knowledge?
Looking at this photo I think I can confidently predict no need for sun protection….