March 22, 2013

THE JOYS OF SPRING

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I was awake at 3.30 am this morning.  It had just started to snow and I received a text from Nick to say his plane was just taking off from Bangalore.  The forecast for the rest of the day and the weekend is awful.  Heavy snow alternating with light snow all the way through until Sunday morning.  So which ever way you look at it, getting back from Heathrow by taxi is not going to be much fun.  It’s 150 miles and 2½-3 hours in good weather but today – who knows.

That’s if the taxi can get out of Derbyshire to go and fetch him.  Getting back by train might be an option – still not much fun after an eleven hour flight considering he was up at what was 4am for him to get to the airport.  But then getting from the station to our house might not be possible either.  The safest thing might be for him to find a hotel near the airport for the night and try again tomorrow.

Worried about whether or not he would make it home today I couldn’t get back to sleep so caught up on a few blogs.  That’s why some people will have had comments from me on their blogs at a peculiar time of day night.

So much for the joys of spring.

it’s only a week until we set off for France for our Easter break and I remember that I felt exactly the same last year as I do now.  Tired out and washed out by what seems to be an endless winter and desperately in need of some warmth, sunshine and time off.  Although last year we had had a really nice warm March to cheer us up.  No such luck this year.

When you have a nice house with central heating, a newish car that starts when you want it to and a freezer full of food, it’s difficult to imagine why winter should be such a trial.  Knowing that others may be worse off and I therefore don’t have the right to feel exhausted somehow doesn’t help.

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One of the casualties of the weather is Lulu’s visit to the coiffeuse this morning, which has had to be cancelled.  She hasn’t been trimmed for nine weeks so she is pretty woolly – she usually gets a trim every 5-6 weeks.  I delayed the rendezvous so that it would happen just before our holiday and she would look her best.  Compared with the pale and pasty pair of us she would look stunning.  In many ways I am glad I delayed it because March has been so cold that her woolly coat has been better for her.

The picture shows her adopting her standard position for paw rubbing and the solution we arrived at for the problem of her paddling in the wet after her paws had been dried.  One towel on the ground and one on the chair keep the freshly washed, dried and fluffed paws out of the puddles she made before the washing, drying and fluffing.

The picture was taken two weeks ago so her coat is even longer now and will be much, much longer still by the time we are half way through our holiday in France.  So if sometime over the Easter break you see two pale, worn out and weary people walking with something that looks like a giant fluffy ginger teddy bear instead of the smart and gorgeous standard poodle they usually have with them……it will be us !!

I hope the snow doesn’t ruin your weekend !!

15 comments:

  1. You're by no means the only ones who are sick & fed up with this winter - it seems as if we've had 2 years of it (excepting last March), and we too have had heavy snow overnight. We were out for a meal last evening with friends about 20 miles away, and drove home in what was almost a blizzard here in mid-Wales. We too are finding we're exhausted all the time - and haven't got an escape route either!! Some warmth and sunshine would be WONDERFUL. Our vicar was talking at the AGM the other evening about things to happen in the Summer, and I said 'what's that?' Everyone fell about laughing!
    Lulu looks gorgeous, even when hairy, as do Smokey & the Bandit (who are due at their 'beautician' in a couple of weeks). We're quite happy for them not to be clipped over the winter - like the Better Half, who grows a beard to keep his face warm from November to April!!

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    1. Helva, I know that mid-Wales has had a tough winter too. It hasn't been catastrophic like in 1963, but just blooming hard work.
      Our friends in the Loire are expecting upwards of 17°C today, so I just wish we didn't have to wait another whole week to get there.

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    2. Registered 20C by 5PM... but was followed by the same rain that is giving you snow when it gets to the cold air coming from t'North.
      Enough with the rain!!

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  2. I love shaggy Poodles. I'm sure Lulu is even more stunning. So sorry about all that snow!

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    1. Mitchell, unfortunately with the shagginess comes a little - smelliness !!
      But we love her for it all the same !!

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  3. Hi Jean, It is 17ºC at the moment and Elizabeth has been out in the garden in a T shirt. For the first time this year she has taken off the thermals. I hope it remains that way until you arrive (the weather not the lack of thermals) but I suppose the two are connected!. Hope Nick get home safely, only a week to go. Keep your chin up. Illegitimum non carborundum. C

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    1. Colin, I'm focussing on that t-shirt weather. And a sit in your swing thingy.
      Just had a text from Nick. The eagle has landed, let's see how far it gets up the M1 !!

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  4. So sorry that you're having snow. It would do me in! We've run out of firewood and just got a new delivery of fuel oil. It's a nice day here, today, but we're expecting more cold tomorrow and through the week. Here's hoping that April brings in some warmer temperatures! We could all use that.

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    1. Walt, it has just about done me in this year !!
      I'm glad that next winter, when it snows, all I will have to do is make a cup of coffee and sit by the fire. After I have walked the dog and cleaned her up, of course.
      We are rather looking forward to having a log fire in our little house in LGP. Mind you we'd rather have it hot and sunny......maybe hot and sunny during the day and chilly enough to need a fire in the evenings - that would be just perfect !!

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  5. It's far too late for this snow episode. We're having by far our worst day of the winter - snow and a howling wind... not nice.
    Lulu looks fabulous! She's a very regal girl. Best wishes for a safe return for Nick.

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  6. It's dreadful, isn't it, Jean? I do hope Nick gets home safely, given the forecast. I can remember what a relief it was when i retired and didn't HAVE to go anywhere in bad weather any more. I think it might be kindest to Lulu to let her keep her woolly coat a bit longer, even if she does look shaggy, not coiffed when you get to France. :-)

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  7. Not long before we get to read of your coming French experiences once again. Its just around the corner for you.
    Leon

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  8. Best wishes for a relaxing and (slightly) warmer Easter in France. My French Folly still has snow sitting on its roof, under which there are broken tiles that allow the melting snow to make its way into the house. Fingers crossed that this problem will be rectified before the summer rains. Bon weekend

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  9. We still have snow here too. A little seems to fall every night. We're all sick of it, and there's been a backlash again Pennsylvania's weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. A prosecutor in Ohio has sued Phil for misrepresentation over his forecast for an early spring in 2013.

    Phil could not be reached by phone for comment.

    We haven't seen any groundhogs popping up around here, so they must be smarter than Phil.

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    1. Poor Phil, he was only doing his best !!

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