2014 blows in like a Lion

The British are good at weather. We really do love talking about it and we have a strange attitude to it too. We always feel that Our Weather is Special. Other parts of the world disappear under floods, or freeze, or burn – but a foggy day and we truly believe that ‘The Continent is Cut Off’. We love to moan – it’s too hot, too cold, too windy, too dull, too…. However, it has actually been pretty stormy over Christmas and New Year, and I can’t say I enjoyed 4 hours + travelling through wind and rain yesterday – ending with a flooded road, only half a mile from home.
Christmas was affected by the gales. I am thinking of rewriting the Nativity story for a British audience: ‘And lo, Mary and Joseph did huddle together, with the inn keeper, in a vain attempt to stay warm. In the violence of the storm the stable fell over backwards, so the inn keeper drove in tent pegs and tied it up with string. Mary brushed the worst of the wet straw from her dress and gingerly placed her first born son in a very soggy manger, for the Rectory family could not see that it would have been much more sensible to carry them all into the house.’
Hmmm, maybe not – I’m not sure it would catch on!
IMG_0842 ps even Sherpa was not content to stay there!

Thank you to all the new visitors, for popping in to see me. Sherpa wishes to reward her fans with a couple of Christmas photos (of her!) (What have I started????)



About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset - but have had to leave the countryside at a little distance, having moved into town.
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6 Responses to 2014 blows in like a Lion

  1. Susan in TX says:

    I think this is a trait that Texans share with the British. Of course, our big claim to fame is that if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes. This is the time of year when we can be sunny and near 70F one day and the very next day struggle to get to 50F. We shouldn’t complain, because we don’t have the winter weather that they experience up in the northern states – where they actually *have* winter for several months of the year – but we do. 🙂
    For the second year in a row, we didn’t get Christmas cards in the mail, so here’s wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year full of blessings and good health!

    • apthomas says:

      Every blessing to you and yours too. I am intrigued by your description of Texan weather moans… I wonder how great a range of *weather* vocabulary we have in common? I don’t suppose you have anything for *fog*. 🙂

      • Susan in TX says:

        We actually do get quite a bit of fog, but it “burns off” fairly quickly after the sun comes up most of the time. There’s an open green belt area across the street from us (if you squint your eyes, you can pretend you are in the country as opposed to the middle of suburbia) – my kids love it when they get up early enough to see the fog covering that area – they call it “Brigadoon.” 🙂 Now snow…we only see snow here once every 5-ish years or so (snow that you can measure – and we only measure it in inches or parts of an inch when it comes).

  2. apthomas says:

    *Brigadoon* – how lovely! We don’t get much snow here, either, in the South-West. Our climate is mild and wet – which doesn’t stop me feeling the cold, of course! We had a fantastic *freeze* three years (is it?) ago, with snow and ice at Christmas, and temperatures of -20 C. Brrrrr.

  3. Claudia says:

    I was thinking at Christmas service, how it would have been to actually deliver a baby in those conditions, not the storm necessarily, but the stable. Yikes. Hot water? Probably not. We have been having an unusually rainy Holiday season here in Hawaii. Usually from Christmas on it is sunny and dry.

    • apthomas says:

      I bet there was some hot water – after all, the inn would have had a fair few women staying, and there must have been one or two to muscle in on the birth and send Joseph out of the way on an errand! Don’t forget, the Gospel writers were men- who probably didn’t notice such details!
      It’s lovely to hear from Hawaii – I am feeling the warmth by internet 🙂

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