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37. A Year of Weather in Two Weeks
It’s the year of
the British floods — and of course the complaints about the floods. We Brits do
love to complain. Certainly the first two weeks that I have to be in London for the
intravenous vitamin C there are downpours and gales. The train services have
been brilliant given all the challenges that they have faced but I’ve got soaking wet and blown about on London’s streets
which are littered with the skeletons of dead umbrellas. Ironically my hostess
for those first two weeks, is better clad than I am. She walks her dog on
Hampstead Heath every day and has waterproof trousers.
It’s much wetter
and windier at home than it is in London but we just ‘do wet’ when we are in
Devon. And on the second weekend of being home, there is one glorious day of
sunshine and warmth. You know the kind of day - one when you can leave the back door
open and the animals can potter in and out as they want.
I was a bit
pathetic about the snowdrops when I first set off for Birmingham and London.
They are so beautifuland there
are so many of them all through the garden. Most of them are doubles which are
no more exquisite than the singles, just differently so. I thought I was going
to miss nearly all of their beauty.
However they have
lasted for these two weekends home and on this lovely sunny day I spend time
just standing and looking at them and adoring them. I do pick some for the
altar in the chapel and the living room mantelpiece but they are not the same once they are picked even though you can put a mirror underneath the vase to reflect their loveliness.
I have missed most of the
prepared hyacinths though. But when I open up my office/chapel door I am assailed
by the glorious scent of the last blue hyacinth still blooming. It almost
knocks me over with sensory delight.
When I lived in Birmingham, I used to go to
the German Christmas Market in Victoria Square; it was an interesting sparkle
of an experience but there really never was much that I wanted to buy—or eat,
for that matter. So when we moved here, to Devon, and I discovered
that Exeter had a Christmas Market in the Cathedral Square, I wasn’t all that
keen...but I do like to get Christmas cards from the cathedral and you don’t
have much of an option if you want to visit St. Peter’s in November or
December; you can’t get there without encountering the market. And what a market it is! So far it’s my
favourite. Ever. Okay, I’ve only been to about six and I’m going to Italy next
week so I’ll report back on the Florence and Lucca Christmas Markets which may
be stunningly incredible but, trust me, if I like a Christmas Market, then it’s
a good one. I’m a total Christmas shopping cynic. How much of a cynic? So much so that I
don’t agree with the concept of chocolate Advent calendars. Advent is about
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