Saturday, 25 March 2017
Normally I get a flock of six or more throughout the Winter months, a nd by Spring they have vanished.
Not so this year.
Everyone keeps saying what a very mild Winter we have had, and, to an extent I agree, but when we should have had ice an snow (Jan-Feb) we had very warm days with more sun than usual and plants, birds every type of wild-life started to make ready for a new season.
Since then we have had a number of setbacks, extremely cold and strong winds and lashing rain followed by sunny mild days and cold nights.
The 'Met Office' says the first day of Spring is 1st of March. We who have been around a while, and are in 'touch' with our historical roots know better.
The 1st day of Spring coincides with the Spring equinox (21st of March).
The 'Met Office' says tonight the clocks go forward one hour which is the beginning of British Summertime.
We know that Summer begins with the Summer Solstice (21st June) or thereabouts. Quickly followed by Midsummer's Day!!!!!
No wonder the birds are confused. So am I.
I have just tried to do some cutting back of dead wood on some easy to reach shrubs, lured outdoors by the brilliant sunshine, only to give up after 10 minutes of battling a freezing and very strong wind.
My daffodils are lying face down in the garden waiting for the wind to go elsewhere when hopefully they will lift their frozen little faces up to the sun.
If this is global warming what on earth will happen 10 years hence?
Will the weather have changed beyond recognition, will Summertime even exist, or for that matter
Posted by Ray Barnes at 2:26:00 pm