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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Working with the weather

Well, lets face it - we cannot possibly hope to succeed working against the weather, so the only option is to {{shrug shoulders}}  work with what we've got.  And thankfully, in our little corner of Wet Cumbria, for once we have been mostly unaffected by February's two dreadful storms - Ciara and Dennis.  Having seen the utter devastation that a flood can cause, my heart aches for people in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the other areas who have seen their homes, their sanctuary, their businesses destroyed.

This is the new normal.  Don't get me started on climate change denial - weather patterns have changed on our little globe ever since it became a little globe, they will continue to change, and the over-large population of greedy bipeds have got to learn to live with it.

In my younger years as a gardener it was normal for winter to be cold, frosty, and the garden to hibernate but now we need to accept there appears to be a "new Normal".   The last few winters have been wet, grey, miserable, and a few tough species have kept growing.  Whilst I would 'like' to clear up the garden between November and February and prepare for a new growing season, the weather does not always allow that, and I have to do what I can when I can.  Happily, that meant a full day outside on Monday with much progress, and a couple of cold hours yesterday morning before it started raining.  No photos of either, they will come, eventually.


I have given up relying on the BBC Weather "app", I could see forecasts becoming increasingly unreliable when they stopped using Met Office data and signed a contract with MeteoGroup.  I don't care how much of the licence fee they have saved, the service is crap and regularly wrong.  I'm now "training myself" to use the Met Office's own app and getting used to a different presentation of the data, but it is so blisteringly accurate it's not an onerous task.

This morning it warned me that at around 11.00am rain would set in.  So at 10.00am Management and I set to emptying the campervan of everything.  Bill is going for a vehicle service & MOT tomorrow, and a Habitation Service next week.  I wanted to empty out the van not only to make it easier for servicing access, but to go through the discipline of checking everything and seeing how much I really do not need to put back.  With so much storage available "equipment creep" is a very real problem as it is all too easy to "pop that in a cupboard just in case".



It wasn't until we had all the "bits" in my study and all the textile related items dumped on the bed I realised just how much you can tuck into a campervan - oops 🤔.   I need to get into organising mode and I may be some while - which is not a problem because the forecast rain arrived at 11.05am, thank you Met Office, and I'm not going outside again any time soon.




16 comments:

  1. Seeing the dreadful floods in other parts of the country, and areas of the flooded Lune on Sunday, I've been wondering how your little part of the world is faring, especially C/mouth. I hope Bill passes all it's checks, as I'm sure it will, and once the better weather comes you can get out on the road again. I love the bottom pic, that's quite a colourful collection of textiles you have there :)

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    1. Thanks sweetie. I think areas closer to you have suffered more than us, which is unusual. The first outing is booked for 3rd March - weather permitting - hence all the necessary checks to set us up for the coming year.

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  2. I'm relieved it wasn't just me who was becoming increasingly disillusioned with the BBC weather app. I was beginning to think it was me reading it all wrong.
    The weather is still rubbish here, so I've put myself to work spring cleaning the kitchen. X

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    1. Dreadful here today Jules - exactly as the Met Office predicted 🙃 Now I am getting used to the way their data is presented I'm impressed and wish I had overcome inertia and swapped apps sooner.

      Hope this weather is not ruining Lily's half term too much.

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  3. Dear Jayne
    I love the rainbow textiles too.
    I agree with you, this weather is the new 'normal' and we do need to try to get used to it. It would be helpful if we were more prepared and there was more practical help available for those communities who really need it, rather than wasting money on obsolete transport systems (don't get me started on that one!) We all need better ways of coping with the changing weather.
    Hope all goes well with Bill.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hello kindred spirit 😌 who is probably also incensed at the number of ancient woodlands soon to be destroyed in the name of a stupid transport system that will not benefit all of "the north" and certainly unlikely to make a difference to those of us in the real north west.

      Our "new normal" is definitely going to cause some gardening changes, and goodness knows what else besides.

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  4. Oh, somebody in agreeance with me about over-population & the climate having evolved over time & it will, whoever inhabitats this big round ball. We certainly aren't helping, but I try to do my little bit. We take each day as it comes, as the weatherman is invariably wrong, but probably right for some areas on our huge island. Try to keep our van fairly clutter free, but it does creep in. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Thank you Susan. A complete clear out of the van once a year feels like a good discipline, and a chance for a serious deep clean :)

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  5. I agree it is the new normal, these milder wetter winters. I have yet to notice much difference in our garden but it might mean that I can now grow some of the plants that have died off in the cold winters in the past.

    I have always been a Met Office app user for the weather, it is usually pretty accurate but as it is a forecast it will never be 100% right all the time. I like that you can use quite specific locations and the forecast for that location will be different to one just down the road. I have no idea how they do it but that bit is very handy I have found.

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    1. When we came here during the first couple of winters we were below zero for weeks on end. this year we've had "a couple of frosty nights" but nothing really cold.

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  6. oddly you might think but we use the Norwegian weather forecasters - they are quite accurate even for our part of the world. Love that you have a camper van - I can imagine how much stuff you can get in there as I had to limit us at the caravan and not put anything under the seating or it would be out of sight out of mind.
    We would normally be doing a lot in the garden at the cottage at this time of year in years gone by but now it is always so wet and damp.

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    1. Now that's weird - yesterday I read about someone using the Norway forecast . . . wasn't you, was it?

      Everything in the campervan has to be put away otherwise it would rattle around when driving, so the under-bed lockers are very full! Fortunately they are easy to access.

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  7. Martyn looks at various weather models to see what the weather is going to do. They have names like GFS, ECM, GEM etc. He seems to manage to sort out what going to happen reasonably well. To be honest the BBC have gone downhill in a few areas.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I remember Martyn keeps very detailed weather records.

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  8. I don't use the BBC weather app but I usually have a look at the Met Office on a morning and it rarely turns out right. I can look one minute and ten minutes later it's changed. Even at the time, it's usually doing something different to what it says. I take it with a pinch of salt. I don't think this wind is ever going to drop, it's still gusty here today, though it's a fine day for a change, we've had nothing but rain. I hope the MOT went well and you didn't have to pay out too much.

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    1. You're right Jo, the forecasts are all over the place at present.

      Bill sailed through her service and MOT, happy face here 🙂

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