08 June 2012

project 52: water

An adored (and assumed) Uncle of mine uses a particular phrase with respect to our weather. He's often heard to proclaim that: In Scotland there are two seasons, Winter and July.

While his point of view is slightly skewed (having left many decades ago for the languid, sun-soaked charms of the Far East, South America and other enviable places) the sentiment holds true. In general, you can anticipate truly atrocious weather on any day of the year in Britain. And in Scotland in particular, you can expect to add 'bloody freezing cold' to that forecast. Even (though I hate to admit it) in July.

The Queen's jubilee in London last week was a washout. Wimbledon beckons, with its time-honoured fickleness. God knows what we have in store for all those well-travelled tourists during the Olympics.

But it's so b-o-r-i-n-g hearing everyone girn on about it (one of our many national failings is that there's simply nothing we like complaining about more than the weather). So we have another proverb here in Scotland, handed down through the ages, I think, by the prophet Billy Connolly. Translated from the original Glaswegian it goes something like this: There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.

And so, when a particularly gloomy friend of mine stated that the long-term forecast for our area was rain every day for the rest of this month, The Boss and I decided we'd better just go for a walk and make the best of it. She declared the puddles some of the best she'd ever jumped in.

Water, it seems we're in for some. Suck it up.

the corner of our street, now named "the welly bath"



Project 52 - p52 weekly photo challenge with Kent Weakley

14 comments:

  1. Excellent post - although I was not so sanguine about the rain when standing in it all day on the banks of the Thames for the Jubilee stuff ;)

    But yeah, the phrase is right! My brother and I used to love to run outside in torrential rainstorms, in just t-shirts and wellies, running back in to find hot chocolate, fluffy towels and a hot bath waiting for us. It was awesome!

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  2. Swedes say the same about weather and clothes. One of my shocks here was that after everyone complained about the winter, I've met many people who've complained about the Spring coming too quickly, as well! I'll never be resolved with this, either. The old saying about good clothes works -- good clothes and a vivid imagination! Nice posts. I love your garden!

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  3. Swedes say the same about weather and clothes. One of my shocks here was that after everyone complained about the winter, I've met many people who've complained about the Spring coming too quickly, as well! I'll never be resolved with this, either. The old saying about good clothes works -- good clothes and a vivid imagination! Nice posts. I love your garden!

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  4. We have 7 months of winter in Montana....it snowed 3 inches yesterday. Rained the day before.(we always have a jacket on the ready in the car) ...weather gives you something to talk about. Love her wellies!

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  5. there just is no perfect place is there? well, maybe there is and i just don't know of it. we grew up in l.a. where it can be pretty close to perfect. now we are two hours east in central california and it's way too hot. here there is only winter and summer. it was cold when we got here and now it's super hot. it's a dessert landscape. we miss the tropics, but it's not perfect there either. i think i'd rather be where it's more warm than cold though.
    the boss has cool boots by the way...

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  6. Love the wellies, we've needed ours here, too. But we have boring black ones and a pair of lady bugs that no one can squeeze into anymore :(

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  7. Adorable boots. Cute capture

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  8. We went to Ireland two years ago, and it got into the seventies, and everyone was wearing sundresses. The peas should like that weather. I hope they grow soon!

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  9. Love the rain boots and the deep black color of the water.

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  10. We frequently come home soaked, in spite of wellie boots and such - but if you can't change it, make the most of it! :)

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  11. I really like this picture, but I can't put it into words. Maybe the color contrast? I want to look at it more though.

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    1. thank you Ashley! I kind of feel that way too - I think it's the texture of the road and the yellow lines - they came out nice.

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  12. Omg I had someone tell me that exact line when I was moaning about the weather back in winter. Seems like it's time to pull that one out again these days, what with the shit weather, ok I need to stop.

    I loe the photo, the colours just pop!

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  13. 1. I love my wellies!
    2. The rain makes my hair curly.
    3. Splashing in puddles is just such a pure joy!
    4. One day I will own a bright red and purple raincoat.
    5. I don't need to expose my white legs to the world when it's raining.
    6. Coming home from a run with mud splashed right up my back makes me feel really tough!

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