Rain, Hail or Shine?

Surely one must have absolutely nothing else to talk about if they're mentioning the weather as the blog topic of the day, but honestly, I'm not that completely boring.

(It's either the weather, or my whinging about the second head cold I am experiencing of 2008, because ha! I am sick! Again! Curses to my half-arsed immune system.)

One thing that's incredible about living in London, is how quickly the weather changes.

Even when nothing noteable happens involving the weather and it's just a regular winter morning, the clouds are generally racing across the sky at immense speeds - I've done a lot of sky gazing in my days, and never have I seen a cloud move so quickly.

As we reside in a ground floor flat in our apartment complex, our blinds are closed alot due to being at street level. This means that of a morning, it's pitch black indoors. Being that I am absolutely not a morning person, I generally stumble about getting ready and disappear out the door without peering outside the window, meaning that the weather conditions outside are generally a surprise. (Not smart considering I live in a country where it's raining every time you look outside, but I'm still adjusting.)

This morning on the light rail on my way to work, I observed the most beautiful sunrise across the city. For some reason, even though I've been getting up and leaving early every day, this is the first one I remember seeing. The day dawned bright and beautiful, nippy but without a cloud in the sky. Fast forward to an hour later, and it was overcast and grey. Back and forth it went, with a light drizzle of rain followed by sunshine.

Waiting for the bus in the afternoon, I found myself staring at the sky once again.

The clouds were back and this time, they were scary looking clouds. Ten minutes later, we were in the midst of a huge thunderstorm, complete with hail stones and lightening flashes that lit up the sky. Half an hour later, after emerging from the tube? Sunshine on one side of the train tracks, threatening storm clouds on the other.

The weather here is crazy, and everchanging. But you know what? I'm getting rather fond of it. In fact, it reminds me of myself right now; constantly moving, jumping from class to class, chopping, changing and fumbling my way around this whole experience.


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27 comments:

michelle and the city said...

the first thing i thought when you were moving to london is "alynda's going to be in for a big adjustment when it comes to weather!"

apparently i was right :)

Deutlich said...

Was like that in Blacksburg, VA too... we literally had to wear an array of options to adjust at a splits second.

Gotta love Mother Nature. Heh.

Kat said...

Ughh bugger. Hope you'll feel better soon. That's what I love about the British Isles. That the weather changes so quickly from bad to good (unfortunately that also works vice versa)

Jess said...

Listen, the reason that talking about the weather is cliche is because so many people do it. And the reason they do it is because it is INTERESTING. Seriously. I found this fascinating.

nancypearlwannabe said...

It sounds like I'd be right at home there!

Viviane said...

Sounds like you're turning into an English person. ;) The weather is a perfectly acceptable and interesting conversation topic over there. :p

Vanessa said...

This reminds me of Seattle, and believe it or not, I miss it. Who need relentless sunshine?

katelin said...

I would not do well with such chaotic weather, eee.

Leslie said...

That's sort of like the weather here lately.
My sister-in-law (the good one) used to live in Boulder, Colorado and out there they would always tell visitors "if you don't like the weather here, just wait five minutes and it will change". Sounds sort of like what you're experiencing.

Noelle said...

I came from my 6 month London experience thinking, "it's not WILL it rain today, but WHEN will it rain today?"

Erin said...

When we went to London, we made sure to carry umbrellas since it was going to rain like every single day. I was amazed that no actual Londonders seemed to bother with umbrellas....then I realized that it was pretty pointless to put your umbrella up for five minutes and take it down again. The weather changes so fast!

Valerie said...

Georgia has crazy weather, too. Honest to God, I wore flip flops AND a sweater in late November. It will be 35 degrees in the morning and 65 in the afternoon!

Laurel said...

This is definitely the upside to living in a climate with seasons!! It's nice to be reminded of the good parts of winter!

natalie said...

sorry you're not feeling well... and I hear you about fumbling around in the morning. I am a morning person, but SO not a morning person in the winter. I will sacrifice breakfast in exchange for a few extra seconds under the covers. ugh.

Virginia said...

"I’ve done a lot of sky gazing in my days, and never have I seen a cloud move so quickly."

Hahaha, you make me laugh! I just pictured you laying in the middle of a busy London street, gazing at the sky. But you're so right, that weather sounds truly crazy!

Bee said...

Ahh, the famous English weather. How wonderful to see that sunrise :)

Evelyn said...

came here via your mum - as for the weather you will know you are truly in Britain when it rains on only one side of the street. Yes that does happen.

kirby said...

what the hell?
screwy england weather.

Julz* said...

wow, london sure is giving melbourne a run for it's money in the random weather category lol

Sy said...

Dont worry about the weather. Come summer, it will be unbearable heat in London and people get so jumpy. But the days are long. Light at 3am, still light at around 11pm. You cant knock that. As my wife told me when she moved here from South Africa, us English are moody and have no colour in the winter, but are totally different people in the summer. Except me. I like moody. It gives me an enormous sense of wellbeing.

ashley said...

I've always heard this but never actually believed it. Great to hear that your adjusting so well. Guess it pays to be prepared when you're in London.

nicheplayer said...

Isn't the weather an actual character in just about every novel and movie set in London over the past couple hundred years? If you have to be under it (the weather), I suppose it might as well be interesting.

Chiada said...

Over the years, beginning with my youth, I have developed a habit of turning on the news in the morning so I can see the weather forecast. It has gotten so bad that if I miss the weather forecast, I have a really difficult time deciding what to wear. Plus, turning the TV on helps me to get up and going.

Kristabella said...

You just described Chicago weather. The saying here is "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes."

It was 70 a week ago. And tomorrow is supposed to be 2. Yes, TWO degrees.

Boo winter.

Princess Polly said...

was there a remote hint of a pink colour in the sky this morning? if so, then you should have been warned remember "red sky in the morning, is a shepherd's warning" . . .I'm sooo sad. :) And I often do the same thing, leaving the flat without checking the weather. I know from experience its not a good idea, but i still continue to do it . . .

Kristie said...

We have some wonky weather here, too. I hear ya!

Jen said...

You're not missing much. It's been grey, raining and cool the last 2 days. Pouring right now!





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