susanreads: snow-covered houses at night with lit window (snow (night))
I looked out this morning, and what did I see? That all the horizontal surfaces were covered with solid water, again. (I wasn't sure it was snow rather than frost until I opened the door.) That's the fourth time this year! In Fourth Month! After Easter, i.e. northern-hemisphere-spring festival! What the f*** snow!
susanreads: a gate covered in snow (snow (gate))
It goes: Snow, snow, thick thick snow.

Until the past week, this winter has mostly been fairly mild. Anything approximating snow would more-or-less melt once it hit the ground. The last few days have been f- f- f- jolly cold, and some time after it got dark yesterday, it started snowing farreal.

Looking out of the windows today, there's snow lying everywhere. Anything vaguely horizontal is covered with a white blanket, and the compost tumbler looks as if it has a furry hat two feet high. It's pretty to look at, but thank FSM I don't have to go out in it today. I do have to go out, if only to buy food, in the next day or two, so I hope it goes away soon! Brrrrrrr.

People from or in Scotland, or anywhere where it's been snowing for weeks, can laugh now.
susanreads: wrapped presents (xmas)
Happy winter (/summer, depending) festival of your choice! if I haven't already missed it.

With the dark and cold, I've been getting less time on the computer (because the room it's in doesn't have its own heater). This might have meant I'd get further with off-line reading in the cosy living room, and/or housework, but apparently not, alas! If there's anything I've missed in the shopping, it's too late now ...

Keep warm or cool depending on your climatic zone, and if I don't get around to posting again, Happy New Year.
susanreads: a red squirrel (autumn)
In the last couple of weeks, the temperature has been going up and down like a yoyo (it really has, it's not just me feeling the downswing of my menopausal failure-of-temperature-control, I swear), and the weather has been Typically British. It's generally felt like Summertime Is Nearly over.

Then the other day I went out in the evening, I guess it had been windy, and there were fallen leaves everywhere.

That'll be autumn then.

Yesterday I spotted a ladybird on the plant I need to cut back (grow in the yard, not on the path, dammit!) next to my front door. Are they an autumn thing? Maybe they've been around all summer and I just didn't notice (I unnotice a lot of things).

I've been feeling a bit grotty in several ways lately. cut for whining )
susanreads: a butterfly on a flower (lilac) (summer)
I think this is the latest possible Easter. Only a week before May Day!

As far as I'm concerned, Spring starts the week I turn the heating off. That was at the beginning of April, when we had a few hot days. Then the weather returned to type, and a week ago I was still wearing winter clothes and stubbornly not turning the heating back on. Then on Tuesday, BOOM ... HOT. It's already lasted longer than the previous spell and been more solidly hot and dry; now it's windows in summer configuration, T-shirt and no vest or coat, sun-cream and hiding from the light with the curtains drawn, fruit-juice and salad weather. Summer!

Shortest spring ever. And too hot for a proper chocolate binge for Easter, darnit! It's like, March was still February, and now it's May. What will it be like in June?!

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