Just been for a walk with the dogs around the village, and notice with interest the preparations my neighbours are making for the approach of the Siberian weather, which is being currently forecasted by people who should know.
Julia has filled her beautiful Cotswold garden with new garden furniture and two enormous sun umbrellas. I don’t think she is taking the snow warnings seriously. Frank is still tinkering with the home-made fuel he thinks will one day make his fortune. It is entirely constructed (by his own secret recipe) from sheep droppings from his very own ewes, and the oily smoke curling out of his chimney shows that he is working day and night to perfect it before the Big Freeze happens. His wife Phyllis is visiting her sister in Bournemouth at the moment, and I think this is a good thing.
Mr Addington spent the whole of March telling anybody who would listen that the fine weather wouldn’t last, mark his words. When it did last and we had weeks of glorious sunshine he felt it as a personal insult on the part of the weather systems and the BBC, combined. So now he has invested in a very ornate weather station, which he has installed in his garden to the fascination of all passers-by (me included). It’s got a windmill thing to show how much wind there is (currently stationary), a bucket thing to show how much rain (currently empty) and some complicated systems for measuring the pressure. Colin, who lives close to the Addington family home, assured me that the pressure machine is currently drawing a straight line which you can see clearly if you use binoculars and sort of squint.
So there we are. I’m just having my usual dither as to what variety of rug to put on Slip. The medium weight one makes him sweat, but it’s slightly too chilly for him to go out in just his fur. I’ll opt for his light weight one and wait for the first flake to fall before I rush out with his heavy weight one. And just having just spent an hour out in it, I’d call the current weather situation in North Wiltshire as ‘pleasant’. Long may it continue!