Tuesday, 31 May 2016

IT'S BUCKETING DOWN ..........



England is famous for having lots of rain. In fact, many countries have far more rain than we do but people still have an image of the UK as a very wet place. We haven't had much rain for a while  .....

BUT .....

today we are living up to our reputation !! 

It is coming down in stair rods ..... it's freezing cold, the wind is blowing a gale and it's like Winter !!!





I cleaned my knobs and knockers and I got soaked ..... the wind driving the rain into the porch and it looks like an Autumn day .... leaves have been blown everywhere and my David Austin St Swithun rose and Clematis 'Marie Boisselot'   have been blown to bits !!



Our conservatory was leaking { it doesn't look quite as bad as the one above though !! } and I think, because of the wind direction, rain was coming in the extractor fan over the hob in the kitchen ...... it's never done that before !!



Still, you've got to laugh ..... none of it's the end of the world is it ?




The weather is meant to improve next week ..... I hope so. There is much to do in the garden.




Here's hoping that your weather is a whole lot better than ours.


XXXX






image 1 & 2: via margadirube, image 3: mine, image 4: via pinterest, image 5: via zsa zsa bellagio, image 6: via lost in the moment, image 7: via tumblr, video via youtube

Jackie

44 comments:

  1. It's the same here - we have the hearing on and a log fire burning - can't quite believe it's almost June! We are going away next week just hope the weather brightens up a bit and gets at least 10deg warmer :) that should be heating not hearing

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    1. 1st of June today and I've just put the heating on !!!!!! I think that you should be OK next week Elaine ....... a bit of a heatwave they are saying !! XXXX

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  2. P.s. I noticed the snow on your blog has gone it makes loading your blog post a lot quicker without it - just saying ;)

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    1. It will be falling rose petals next Elaine, to keep us on our toes and tell who is boss. In fact some falling things just fell past my cursor then!!!

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    2. I think that the snow will have to be a thing of the past ...... so many people have said that it's a pain ...... let me know if the cursor fairydust causes a problem and I'll take it away ..... but I like it !!!!
      Rose petals might be rather nice Rachel although, I did try hearts on Valentines Day and the whole page jumped about so, perhaps not !! ...... I'm just so impressed with myself that I can do it !! XXXX

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    3. Sorry about the snow Elaine ...... I didn't realise that it caused so much trouble !!
      Snow on my blog is now a thing of the past !!!!! XXXX

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  3. It's raining... I love rain but it's because I miss it.Could you send me some drops over here? We are constrained to water both gardens we tend since late April!
    Hope everything dries soon.

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    1. None of us are ever satisfied with our weather are we ?!!!!! Mind you, being English, we are used to silly weather ...... I remember when it snowed in May so, a bit of rain is nothing ...... hope you get a drop of refreshing rain soon. XXXX

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  4. I bet we had more rain than you!!!

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    1. I think that Hertfordshire's weather was very similar to yours Rachel and today seems to be just as bad. It seems that the East side of the country has had the worst of it. Over in welsh Wales, John is basking in sunshine !! ....... BUT ...... next week, things will be looking up ....... a bit of a heatwave is on it's way !! XXXX

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  5. Only yesterday evening we have had lots of rain.....now i am sitting outside enjoying great tempreture......feeling almost summer we have eating outside for the second time this spring...so not many.....hope it wil be
    From now better and better.......let summer begin!!!.....i Will send it to you too.....acrosse the sea....love love love Ria x

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    1. I think that it will be warming up next week Ria ....... enjoy the lovely weather and eating outside !! XXXX

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  6. Was that your front porch Jacqueline? It is gorgeous. Got caught in a deluge this very morning and lightening flashing like crazy. All my bags including this one got a soaking. Our problem is, we will go all summer without rain. And, the heat will return for its annual summer season soon. Can't be pleased with weather.

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    1. Hi Donna ...... yes, that's my front porch. It's a late Victorian, double fronted house ..... I just had to buy two new bay trees as the others died after 15 years !!
      Us Brits do love to moan about the weather but, we are lucky that we don't get the extremes that you get. It's usually warm in the Summer and not too cold in the Winter !
      We have been in the States when the heaven's open and it really comes down, doesn't it ? XXXX

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  7. In Florida at this time of year, we usually have a lot of rain. It's been quite dry. It's very hot, though, which is also typical of the end of May. By August, I will wish I lived elsewhere. Then October will roll around, and suddenly it will be cool and lovely again. Try to stay dry!

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. We have experienced rain in Florida ........ it can be torrential, can't it Janie ? .... and then, within minutes, it's beautiful again !! Today is going to be wet again but a heatwave is on it's way ..... hurray !!!! XXXX

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  8. Well I don't believe it. You have rain and we don't? Now I know the climate is screwed up. Please send rain. My garden needs it. The south west needs it. You read it here first.

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    1. I'm sure that you will get your fair share soon Jessica ....... our garden is very soggy but is looking lush !! ....... Na na na na na !!!!!! Sorry !! .... hope the rain reaches your garden soon. XXXX

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  9. Jackie, I'm in London - well at Heathrow - this evening and thankfully when we arrived on the flight from Dublin around 5:30 pm the rain had stopped! We walked to the pub near the hotel and luckily it was just breezy and not too cold. After 3 weeks of sunshine almost daily in Ireland - and very warm there the past several days - we are not complaining. Ireland was amazing and the entire country has stolen my heart!

    Here's to drier weather for polishing your knobs and knockers next time - haha! We're flying out tomorrow and will probably find a jungle around the cottage as it's been raining a lot in North Carolina whilst we've been gone.
    Mary x

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    1. Oh Mary ...... not the best welcome to London, weather-wise although, you would know all about British weather ! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your time in Ireland and that the weather was nice.
      Everyone always laughs when I say that I've been polishing my knobs and knockers !!!!!! Have a safe flight and I look forward to hearing all about your holiday. XXXX

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  10. Try 102 degrees in my car driving HOME a few minutes ago!!!!!!!!
    90's for certain TODAY.......I best go outside and water the flowers...........I think that is 40 something in celsius.
    SORRY.................at least it made YOU DO A POST!
    XX

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    1. Haha !!! ...... my posts are somewhat few and far between aren't they ?!!!! I was going to do a post about my garden ...... I'll do that next !!
      Hope you are having fun with Heather. XXXX

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  11. I hope you see sun soon. We have has a least 2 months of rain, it is getting depressing.

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    1. Hope that you do too ...... we are supposed to be having a bit of a heatwave next week so things are looking up !!!! XXXX

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  12. Historically, Paris has always had more annual rainfall than London; but don't mention it to a Frenchman. It's been chucking it down here, and will continue to do so until Sunday. I have to keep draining the pool as the level has become far too high. At least we have mushrooms as compensation.

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    1. We have been watching the French Open, well, trying to .... it's been a complete wash-out ! ....... things are looking up next week ...... a heatwave is forecast so that probably means that your weather will improve.
      Enjoy your mushroom omelettes !!!! XXXX

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  13. Oh that rain!! I know what you mean; it was freezing! I'd put all my winter clothes away (jinx) and so had to brave bare ankles etc. Hopefully it will get better. I see that you have your positive spin as ever ;-) good to see you!! Lou x

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    1. Hi Lou ...... it really was freezing, wasn't it ?
      Just want to say how beautiful your house looked ..... your wisteria is magnificent. .... and you must be enjoying your home now that the work is finished. Our son/daughter-in-law are going through the same thing ..... they are nomads at the moment. They rented a house like you , have been away a few times and are coming to stay with us for a few days while the work is going on ..... still, it will be lovely when it's finished !!!! haha !!
      Enjoy the heatwave that we are supposed to be having next week !! XXXX

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  14. On a envie de chanter sous la pluie !

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  15. Je chanterai mon coeur Christelle !! XXXX

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  16. Jackie, you may remember me or not, but as a man of the 50s I try to be a gentleman. However please note that " knobs and knockers" brings a slightly different image to an American male than a door. I apologize for our entire gender!


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    1. Of course I remember you James and I miss your blog !
      Knobs and knockers means the same thing here ..... that's why I always say it when I've cleaned them !!!!!! ..... no apologies needed ! Lovely to hear from you. XXXX

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  17. Hot and sunny here in Northern Ireland. Hot and sunny in Dublin too. What on earth is happening to the English weather? Glad to know your conservatory is in a better state than the one in the photo!

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    1. Oh Nick ...... it's horrible here today as well ..... cold, windy, rainy ...... and, it's the 2nd of June !!!! Should warm up by the weekend though. Our conservatory was added to the house in 1991 by cowboy builders and it leaks all over the place !!!! No sooner do we sort out one leak, then another takes it's place ..... usually when the wind is blowing in a certain direction ...... the joys of owning a period property !!!! Hope the sun stays with you. XXXX

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  18. Crazy weather for you there Jackie! But you crack me up with the photos you have posted. I'll bet you that they tell the real story about what you've had. When weather like that hits here and smashes all the flowers flat, I always swear a little (ok, A LOT) and then say to myself "there's always next year.
    Thanks Jackie for the best posts ever!!!
    love to you my dear!

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  19. I missed this post, Jackie - but wanted to pop in and make sure you're not flooded like Paris is! xo

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  20. Here in Berlin the sun shines and cries "Hot town, summer in the city!" - while other parts of Germany are awfully flooded (some people died) - so: very disturbing weather changes on the whole. Hope you can change to the Beatle song "Good Day, Sunshine!" now! XXX Britta

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  22. I just moved from New York to Florida and it has been raining and blowing hard all day.
    Something about Tropical storms and Hurricanes... sigh ... if it isn't a snowstorm it is a tropical storm. I just want a sunny dry day !!
    Stay dry !!

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  23. A lot of rain here too Jackie, soon the sun will shine again :)
    Greetings Maria xx

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