It is truly autumn here in London, although some would call it winter. Even though the sun really worked hard all day Friday and the skies were a beautiful gorgeous blue, it was cold.
There was real drama in the colours and the clouds were truly amazing. But it was cold. In fact, it was chilly indoors. Not just out.
I was thinking about my blog and some line about the weather was about to enter my head. I was wondering how often this happens to people who are not British. On our beautiful isles, the weather plays such an important role that we watch it with huge interest. We devote very artfully crafted pieces of journalism to describing the minute changes in temperature, movements of air pressure, currents of warm or cold air travelling over our little island from neighbouring land masses. Weather forecasters are household names. No one has forgotten the legendary Michael Fish have they?
From one day to the next, the weather can change drastically, affecting everyone’s mood and influencing simple decisions. My colleagues will watch the clouds as lunchtime approaches and decide whether or not to dive out early to buy food before a downpour is unleashed. While I, on the other hand, prefer to bring my lunch so I do not have to worry. The quality of the light coming through the windows changes dramatically with the weather. A peek of sunshine and the whole place feels brighter, lighter, happier… grey clouds make you feel more tired, more gloomy, lethargic. Rain makes you wish you never got out of bed in the morning at all.
Otis redding – sittin on the dock of the bay (link via Soundcloud)
Well. It’s Monday again. After the wettest summer for a century or so apparently, in spite of the beautiful Olympic and Paralympic sunshine (lest we forget) it’s now crisp and cold. Some days we have had the beautiful sunny skies that we enjoyed this weekend, but mostly it’s been wet and miserable. I’m officially in denial and playing a different soundtrack to nature. Also, work’s been a bit weird lately. “Looks like nothing’s gonna change…” so I’m thinking of making some changes myself – instead of stressing, I’m chillin’ today…
Does the weather have as great an influence on your part of the world? Does it affect your mood as much as it can mine I wonder?
18 October 2012 at 17:23
We were so lucky when we were visiting this summer to have gotten some good weather days! When it is a rainy day I just want to curl up on the couch and watch movies…but, rarely have the chance to make it happen!
19 October 2012 at 23:35
Yes this summer was so random. Did you come during the Olympics? That seemed to be the best weather period.
Ahhhh but now is the season for snuggling up on the couch 🙂
20 October 2012 at 04:38
Yes! We were there during the second half of the Olympics and then the week after that!
20 October 2012 at 12:58
Ahhhh yes, you’re bringing back memories of beautiful weather now 🙂
16 October 2012 at 12:23
Timely mention of Michael Fish. Noticed somewhere yesterday that it’s the 25th anniversary of his greatest moment during his forecast before Great Storm of 1987.
“Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way… well, if you’re watching, don’t worry, there isn’t!”
19 October 2012 at 23:37
LOL the man is a legend! And rightly so. Having the guts to contend with the weather – I noticed recently with all the flooding, they’ve been very careful with the weather forecast, steering clear of any assurances!
15 October 2012 at 13:02
Weather really affects my mood as well. Sigh, I miss summer.
19 October 2012 at 23:41
Ahhhh the mystical summer…