It is only the beginning of June and I have to admit that I am finding the weather more to my liking than I did at the same time last year. I am almost certain that it was ‘hot, hot, hot’ in 2014 – a most uncomfortable place to be in when working and running up and down stairs to service our B&B rooms. This June, so far, we have experienced much gentler weather: not too hot and not too cold, with that lovely freshness in the air that I relish. In fact, I think it was hotter at Easter time than it is now.
Of course one can never be certain what the weather will be like in the Lakes. This morning, for instance, it started off with a dry but overcast sky, later clearing to a bright and sunny afternoon. The temperatures remained comfortable being neither hot nor cold. It’s like Baby Bear’s porridge, ‘It’s just right!’
The Great North Swim will take place next weekend, and let us hope that at least it will not be windy then. Swimmers will take to the frigid waters of Windermere and choppy waves will not make it an easy swim for any of them. I seldom look at the weather forecast for this area, but let us hope that it will not rain either, particularly for the sakes of the swimmers’ supporters and spectators!
One of the nice things about June is that the greenery around us still looks fresh and barely sun kissed. Leaves have not fully darkened to their summer green and flowers continue to hold onto that dewy look that older females amongst us wish we can retain throughout our lives! In fact, the weather thus far this year has meant that we have filled our plant boxes from the nursery almost a month later than we normally would.
I have also noticed a change in the farmer’s movement of his herds this June. Our house nestles into the fields and woodlands of Brantfell, and, each year, the farmer drives forth his sheep or cows onto the fell behind us. Usually, the sheep come first. This year, the cows have arrived first. Perhaps the sheep will come later. However, I do wonder if the difference of herds has had anything to do with the weather and its effects on the grasslands?
Over the past couple of years, we have experienced some very hot weather from late March or April onwards. I hope, however, that the weather this June and throughout 2015 will continue to be temperate rather than boiling. This preference for temperate weather may come as a surprise to those who know that I come from a hot and humid country – but, as far as I am concerned, long may it last!
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