Monday, June 29, 2009

The Heatwave Cometh

I do not recall biting the head off a chicken, sacrificing a goat or in some other way appeasing the weather Gods, but at some stage I must have done so.

My brother-in-law and his wife planned a week away in their caravan so they asked us to go too, "The weather is always good when you go away " he said.

July of last year, Mrs Pecker and I went to the Moray Firth in Scotland. The weather was brilliant, one of the best weeks of the summer.

For the past few years we have taken an early week's holiday in Wales. By early I mean March or April, when the trees are still bare of leaves and we can see all the birds. Each year the weather on these occasions has been exceptional for the time of year.

Many of our friends and family have now requested that we inform them when we plan to go away so that they can book their holiday at the same time, safe in the knowledge that the weather will be fine.

This as you may well imagine has not always been the case. In fact for many years as our children were growing up and we took holidays only within the UK, the very opposite was true. Whenever and where-ever we booked our holiday, the weather would be bad. You know the score, work all year, have one holiday, and it rains all the time, is miserable and cold.

The summer of 1976 was known as the year of the long hot summer. The entire country basked in weeks of unbroken sunshine, temperatures soared, tarmac melted on the roads. It was also the year we went to Norfolk. Due to restrictions imposed on me by my work, I could not take a holiday until late in the summer. That just happened to be the week during which the weather broke. If I remember correctly it was during the Tuesday night when we were awakened by the crash of thunder, the flash of lightning and the soaking wet bed. We were staying in a wooden chalet, the timbers of which had shrunk in the prolonged heat creating gaps through which the rain now poured. The long hot summer of 1976 had come to an end.

One year we decided to buy a caravan and spent 2 weeks sitting inside it watching the rain through the windows. Did you know that it is possible to concentrate 12 months worth of arguments into a 2 week period. We returned home (not speaking) and sold the caravan. The following year we went to Greece.

That is all many years ago now and like I said at the beginning of this post, we somehow always manage to have good weather whenever we go away.

And speaking of the weather, today has been hot and sunny as was the weekend. Our local weekend forecast was for torrential rain and thunderstorms but none materialised where we were although they did appear in many other parts of the country.

The weather for the week ahead is said to be good, with high temperatures, apparently the start of the predicted summer heatwave in fact.

Oh and did I happen to mention,

We are on holiday this week !!!

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