This week, David asks, "When Did You Last Complain About The Weather?"
What are you joking? We are living in England for Heaven's sake! We complain about it all the time!
We have a poem. Not sure where it comes from. I had to learn it at school. Maybe it is folklore.
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!
Most British people do just that because it never seems to be the same twice! There is plenty to talk about and that is why we British always remark about the weather to every one, every day!
You can speak to a perfect stranger and say, "Good morning, not so nice today!" Or "Is it going to rain, do you think?" Or "Nice weather for ducks!"
Some how or other our weather seems to bond us together and we are noted on the Continent for always talking about it. One of the great British eccentricities! Well that's OK its good to be different.
We are probably noted for our stoical approach to the weather and the fact that we will go for strolls down country lanes in rain or hot sunshine. Mad dogs and Englishmen ......... out in the noon day sun!
However, we do seem to complain a lot about our weather.
When I was a child, my Dad had an autograph album, but instead of having famous people write in it, he got all the relatives to write a poem or a drawing in there. I remember Auntie Minnie writing:-
As a rule
A man's a fool.
When it's hot
He wants it cool,
When it's cool
He wants it hot!
He's always wanting
What is not!
That little verse stuck out in my mind. I wish we still had the autograph album as all the people in it would be dead by now.
I think the last time I really complained about the weather was when we had to go back to school in perfect sunshine, after the storm during our holiday traveling, that I have already written about!
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