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Old 4th Dec 2006, 8:49   #21
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You wait till the summer Kimberley, if you didn't notise it earlier on, those heady summer evening that go on forever - I missed them a lot when I was further south and it got abruptly dark at 6:30! Humph, I felt cheated.
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Ted Hughes has the best comment on last night's weather - for drama and thrill, for effects.

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This house has been far out at sea all night,
The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills,
Winds stampeding the fields under the window
Floundering black astride and blinding wet

Till day rose; then under an orange sky
The hills had new places, and wind wielded
Blade-light, luminous black and emerald,
Flexing like the lens of a mad eye.

At noon I scaled along the house-side as far as
The coal-house door. Once I looked up -
Through the brunt wind that dented the balls of my eyes
The tent of the hills drummed and strained its guyrope,

The fields quivering, the skyline a grimace,
At any second to bang and vanish with a flap;
The wind flung a magpie away and a black-
Back gull bent like an iron bar slowly. The house

Rang like some fine green goblet in the note
That any second would shatter it. Now deep
In chairs, in front of the great fire, we grip
Our hearts and cannot entertain book, thought,

Or each other. We watch the fire blazing,
And feel the roots of the house move, but sit on,
Seeing the window tremble to come in,
Hearing the stones cry out under the horizons.
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Good stuff, Col - that about sums it up all right!
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Very good, Col. It's interesting how a cold wind feels so different from the sort of hot tail-of-a-hurricane winds that have been what I associated with windy in the past.

Sorry for my whinge earlier, by the way. Digger, I was here for a bit of last summer, so I do know about those delicious, long evenings. I just forgot to take into account the price you have to pay for them!
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I have only this past couple of weeks noticed that in the UK in winter the sun is never right overhead but instead comes up half-arsed, late, to inscribe a lazy arc in a corner of the sky where nobody much can see then before things even start to get warm, goes down again. Geography lessons about the meaning of being tropical are finally meaning something to me, my previous home being just a few hours south of the tropic of capricorn where we get proper days with a noon when the sun is high all year round. This darkness is seriously sending me nutty
You should try living up here. Streetlights go off at around 8.30 am and come back on at 3.30 pm. It's pitch black by 4. We haven't seen the sun in weeks and it's been raining solidly all that time. If it hadn't been raining we would have sunlight for about an hour in the morning before the sun disappeared behind one mountain, followed by a short burst of near horizontal sunshine about lunch time before it vanished behind another even taller mountain - then nothing till the next day. And there are still three weeks till the solstice.

In the hight of summer it never really gets dark at all - if you look north at midnight you can see daylight coming up over the top of the world.
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We haven't seen the sun in weeks and it's been raining solidly all that time. ....In the hight of summer it never really gets dark at all - if you look north at midnight you can see daylight coming up over the top of the world.
I really like the sound of your summers. But winter, even here in London is doing my head in. I keep being surprised by how wrongly I had imagined it, thinking the weather would merely be cold. Just now, walking back from the park with my youngest son, I noticed that there are still shadows even at noon. I know now it's because the sun doesn't come up properly but I never pictured a day like this. I suppose I should be grateful there's sunlight at all! We've got a beautiful blue sky here at the moment. But it's as though a long dawn gradually sinks into twilight without a day in between, (which is a thought I've decided to give one of my characters because if I keep it to myself it sounds like I'm whinging again).
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The only time I ever lived much nearer the Equator was 6 months spent in LA. The weather was boring. It was so samey. Sunshine sunshine sunshine. It did rain heavily one day I remember. It came down like stair rods and I rushed outside and just stood in the rain it was so wonderful. (I didn't attempt to read while I was out there though).
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Weather in LA is really boring. Continuous sunshine is overrated. Though I lived there during the 97/98 El Nino and the rain then was fantastic.

I remember it popping man-hole covers off the road everywhere, water gushing 4 foot up in the air from the drains, and big barricades of washed up plastic dustbins forming in the streets. LA drivers are so bad they couldn't cope. The first storm weekend there were 6,000 car accidents, I think, in the Greater LA area. It was chaos.
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Weather in LA is really boring. Continuous sunshine is overrated.


I can't believe what I'm reading here today. On the other hand, I'm beginning to understand why Brits talk about the weather. I'm even doing it myself.
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