Gawd, when will this evil winter ever end? I have seriously had enough of sub-zero temperatures now to last a lifetime. I'm no fan of winter at the best of times but this one has been sooooo long and unpleasant. Bearing in mind that we had no summer last year either, it feels like it has been winter for the past 18 months.
I know we're very lucky here in the south west as we don't have any snow and our electrickery supply hasn't been lost - and, believe me, I am counting my blessings with regards to that. But with with the wind-chill factor it is -4 today and that northerly wind is raw. I swear I can smell polar bears on it!! I had to wait on a bus stop yesterday morning and despite being wrapped up like Nanook of the North is was soddin' freezing. This particular part of east Bristol is very high up and the wind was just savage. My Dad always claimed it was a top coat colder in this area and he was totally right. On the way back I had to run for the bus (not a pretty sight with my dodgy hip) but at least I was spared a bone-chilling wait, plus I was nicely warmed (and puffed) from my unexpected sprint to the bus stop. I must have been half-way home before I stopped huffing and puffing.
I cannot wait for some warmer weather to arrive. I've got a large box of summer clothes just waiting to be put in the wardrobe and I am hearitly sick of every piece of winter clothing now - they've all been on rotation for waaaaay too long. Still, I really shouldn't complain, this winter would have been a whole lot worse if P and I had still been stuck in that ice-box of a house in Essex. At least this new house is toasty and warm with super efficient insulation, full double-glazing and very effective central heating. Yes, things could have been so much worse, and Spring will arrive eventually - won't it?