A Storm Is Coming

As I’ve mentioned here before, it’s not an uncommon sight to see flocks of seagulls camped out on the local playing field (see above).

We’re forecast for a big storm today, and when I was walking the dogs yesterday there was a maelstrom of gulls wheeling and turning over the field. They hadn’t settled but I suspect that they are coming inshore to escape rougher conditions out to see and along the coast.

I always take this as a better sign that we’re going to get strong winds, it seems to be a more reliable method of forecasting than watching the weatherman on TV! By the time you read this the gulls and I might be hunkered down staying out of the storm.

Oak:Ash Vs. Ash:Oak

There’s an old saying that goes something like:

“If the Oak before the ash, then we’ll only have a splash, if the ash before the Oak then we’ll surely have a soak”

This refers to the the amount of rainfall we’re going to get in the following summer, based on which species comes into leaf first in the spring.

Whilst there isn’t any scientific evidence to support this statement, I did notice this morning that the Oak trees around me are definitely ahead, and buds have already burst, whereas on the Ash trees there’s not sign of any buds bursting yet.

I won’t however be packing up my raincoat for the summer just yet. This week has been one of typical April showers, what I’d would expect for the time of the year. Flipping from bright sunshine one moment, to torrential rain the next (we even had a hail shower on Tuesday).

If only the weather was as easy to predict as a centuries old rhyme.


New Year; Life Moves Forward

I’ve sat down to write this post several times over the last few days, to review my 2013 and cast ahead for 2014. I’ve deleted that post each time. I’ve erased it because of the simple rule I have here in not talking about work, and because it has occupied so much of last year and probably will this year the post became something of a non-starter each time.

So instead I’m simply going to say I want a better 2014 than 2013. I’m not sure whether that will be possible, but I want to live a healthier 2014; write more; read more; take more photographs; be more creative. Not resolutions, just intentions.

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