Trying to perk myself up today by thinking of all the things I like about this time of year and I'm struggling. I'm getting the end of season boredom, particularly as we have had no snow and all this miserable rain instead.
Looking back over the last few years in my photo album, January has been so varied from the -10°C when Little bird was born in 2010 to the relative mildness of 8°C today. From lovely day trips to sledging on the snowy common. Plenty of games played with Little Bird inside the warmth of the house with the dogs snuggled on the sofa and tea parties with hot chocolate and candles.
I'm already looking forward very much to the springtime and have sort of given up on winter if it's not going to offer a large helping of snow or some spectacular frosty mornings. Today is looking cloudy and drizzly again and checking the weather report it seems like this is the case for the whole weekend. Mildest winter for 25 years apparently according to this BBC report.
I am such a typical Brit loving to talk about the weather and have a fascination for it which started in my childhood, learning about clouds and anticyclones. When I was at school, I wanted to be a meteorologist, studied geography and that eventually led me into environmental science. Sadly, I didn't get to work in this area and ended up (how many of us do) in IT. Still, I love reading about the weather and comparing temperatures from different years - hope I'm not alone in this :) Perhaps it is with becoming a gardener that I like knowing if the temperatures are high enough for the grass to start growing or low enough to protect certain plants for the evening.
Have a lovely weekend everyone and take a brolly x