What’s happening to the weather?

I hate the British weather.  The skies are more often grey than blue, the sun lacks warmth and charity and the wind is searching and bitter.

I often used to reflect upon the fact that the first day of summer was said to be 21 June and Midsummer’s Day 23 June.  This 6 day summer seemed often be a rather realistic portrayal of our most longed for and most disappointing season.

Now, however, the seasons are mad.  We were in the South of France in late September, basking in lovely weather which was, astonishingly, cooler than back home in England. Now I have just been sitting sitting a cup of hot chocolate in a cafe by the river with the sun bathing me in real heat.  I was also sitting at a table outside, something which is a comparatively recent innovation in these isles and which, in itself, says something about the change in weather, either really or at least in the mind of the consumer.

I’m not complaining, however.  Nor am I going to let this deflect me one jot from our plan to move to the South of France, the Riviera, the land of sun, painters and authors.

More of this in later posts.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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