The Grass Is Always Greener ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
3484 posts
8/16/2005 1:22 am

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The Grass Is Always Greener ...

We English are renowned for it.

What is supposedly the favourite topic of conversation for the English? The weather of course. It's a fallback subject, a default to which we, well, default. It's something that gets us, members of possibly the most restrained country in the world, talking to each other.

We may not generally have the violent extremes of weather that other countries have, being mercifully deprived on the whole of hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and golf-sized hailstones. What we do have, though, is a lot of weather. In which other part of the world is the weather so unpredictable, so changeable? How many countries can go from scorching heat to snow in one April day? How many other countries do you go for a holiday in and have to take shorts, T-shirts and woollens?

We're perversely proud of our weather, you know. We can - and continually will - criticise it but, oh, we get defensive when foreigners dare to be so presumptious!

I've been thinking for, oh, about 18 months now how much I'd love to jet away to the sun, to spend a week or two lying around, baking the cold of England out of my bones, with a good selection of books, my notepad, lots of cold drinks and, by preference, some interesting company. A friend of mine flew back a few days ago from doing just that: two weeks in Southern Spain.

He said that, Day One, he was rejoicing in the glorious heat; he could have stepped off the plane, fallen to his knees and kissed the hot tarmac (though, given just how hot it was, the chances are his lips would have become welded to it, but that's by the by). By Day Three, he felt like he'd been baked alive. By Day Five, he was sure he'd not only been baked alive but had been basted in hot gravy, sliced and served up on a hot plate with an assortment of vegetables. By Day Seven he realised the only way to survive was to go native, to stop moving about between 11am and 9pm ... the heat at other times was merely oppressive rather than unbearable.

Day Fourteen and he flew back into a rainy Gatwick airport. He said he could have stepped off the plane, fallen to his knees and licked the water from the delightfully cold tarmac.

At least over here, when we get a hot spell it seems like a heatwave ... but we always know it'll end soon enough and normal service will be resumed. Similarly, there's always a good chance that at some point the rain will stop briefly and we can all go mad in the sunshine for a day or two.

Mind you, I'd still like the chance to find out in person just how awful the heat is out in Spain right now!


1polishedjem 56F

8/16/2005 10:07 am

Hm, I'd have to find out the latitude/longitude of it to know for sure, but I think Mississippi is as far south, or further, than Spain? Believe me, you don't want to do it for more than a couple of days!

A few years ago, I made my very first trip on an airplane. To England. On the way to Memphis, at 9 am in the morning, my hubby and I sweated like pigs. The heat was unbearable, somewhere around 95 degrees F, and it was only June 9. When we landed at Heathrow, it was a lovely 62 F, I remember that, because it's the year I was born. I didn't sweat one single day I was there. I loved it!! In fact, the day we spent in London, I actually got chillbumps!! lol.

When my friends from England have come here, they came around Easter, and were worried about the heat. It only made it to about 80 that April 18, so they were good to go. They are coming back this fall, and are MORE worried, with reason. It stays hot a LOT longer here. This morning at 10 am it was already clsoe to 100 outside. In October, we'll be lucky if the temp is DOWN to 80 by then.

Hope that bit of information helps you decide if you REALLY want to attempt time in the hot sun!


rm_EE407 42F
3903 posts
8/16/2005 1:35 pm

Loves the "normal" weather that we share with the UK.
Sun is devine.. but baking at 40 degrees is NOT.. rofl

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
8/16/2005 9:56 pm

Jem ... I know it's ridiculously hot over there (why do people voluntarily choose to spend their lives somewhere so hot??) but what's the humidity like? One of the big differences between England and Spain is that when it gets up to what we, in our naivety, would call "ridiculously hot" it also tends to be humid whereas Spain tends to a dry heat which, IMHO, is much more manageable.

Mind you, for humidity you Americans still take the cup (you simply have to do everything bigger and better, don't you, lol) ... I remember visiting New York one August and stepping out from the hotel was like walking into an over-heated swimming pool. And I mean *under* the water!

EE, m'dear ... I've yet to experience Dutch weather so I'll have to take your word for it's being the same as ours ... unless ...


helga_hansen 50F
1987 posts
8/16/2005 11:42 pm

Of course the grass is always greener... that's 'cos it rains so much! I must admit the British obsession with the weather amuses me... you guys are just NEVER happy, are you?!?!


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
8/17/2005 1:33 am

Helga ... you miss the point - we're just happy to have something to moan about! This shared obsession fosters a sense of community spirit!

rm_dizzyandfun 49F
752 posts
8/17/2005 8:56 am

I can tell you. Its HOT. Effing HOT lol. And muggy and sticky ( just today anyway..or is it me LO. Its 6pm and its around 36 degrees (dont know what that is is YOUR weather!!) and its getting a little bit tiring now. Roll on October..we should get the first rain by them - and I shall be nekkid in the garden till it stops LOL.

diz xx

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
8/17/2005 10:54 am

Dizzy ... Keep an eye out for the FedEx man ... he's on his way with a bucket of Best English Rain! Can I beg a bucket of warmth from you in return?

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