Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The weather

A British friend recommended that I read the book entitled, Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour.  A whole chapter was devoted to the weather and a big part of it was how the English talk about the weather and how you draw out the discussion about the weather. I am still learning but did get some chance to practice while we were in Asia.

I am continuing to hear about the weather. One friend we visited told us that here you can have all four seasons in one day.

Well, we are getting our experience of the rainy English weather. Yesterday, we drove to the Lake District for a conference.  It was a nice drive along the rolling green hills with lots of sheep. That might be one of the reasons that they eat more lamb. We also saw a few castle ruins along the way. The weather yesterday was warm and not rainy.

This morning we woke up to rain and it has been rain most of the day. We did decide that if you want to do something you just need to go out and do it and not wait for the rain to stop. We went to the town center and did some shopping -- an umbrella to replace the one that broke and a raincoat for Miss K and a cup of coffee to warm me up.

We did take a bit of a walk to a nice scenic place near the lake. We had a picnic lunch that we enjoyed.

We did pass a field with a few sheep. Most of the sheep are white but we did see a black sheep in the field. 

There are lots of mountains here many of which you can climb. I am not sure we are ready for that kind of hiking. Miss K seems to have two speeds of walking either run real fast or so super slow. Walking to go shopping was a hike for her.

The weather is rainy. Yes, but at least it is not downpouring. You are right. It is not too cold either. Maybe the sun will come out later. That would make it a bit warmer.

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