A fine evening in early summer

It is a quiet planet for me tonight. In England most folk are concentrating on their televisions, watching football teams play each other and I, also a watcher in Wales tonight, pause to listen in the countryside. Even the birds are silent as the long summer evenings allow me to read and write outside at nearly ten o’clock in this warm pleasant quiet time. Continue reading

I wish you a peaceful Good Friday

Today is Good Friday for all the major Christian Churches. We are at the very start of Spring. I am spending this week in Wales where in the course of a single day I have experienced bright sunshine, strong winds, hail and a snowstorm in several cycles, as though nature was showing us all the beauties of her many petticoats. Today the weather has started calm and peaceful.

Whatever weather you may experience I wish you all a very peaceful day.

Spring is late this year

Spring is late this year in London. The trees are in bud but this time last year many of them were in leaf. The hard cold winter, well suited to the hard cold economic environment, has delayed the plants from showing themselves. Continue reading

The seasons change but life stays the same

In London, summer has almost gone, and we are just a few days from the equinox. The seasons come and go, whatever the problems we experience in life. There is a certainty about the seasons, but not complete certainty. Continue reading

Climate change and evolution

There have been three more snippets of news recently which add to our knowledge of actual climate change, but not directly necessarily to why the climate is changing so rapidly. Continue reading

My greetings for the equinox

Although in Britain the weather is miserable today I can see trees with large buds and some with blossom from my window. The earth seems ready to wake up and renew itself. Chaucer wrote about it and I learned these words when I was young and they have stayed in my head ever since.

I set them out having simply changed the spelling of the old English and the odd word order:-

When that April with his showers sweet

The drought of March has pierced to the root

And bathed every vine in such liquor

Of which virtue engendered is the flower

When Zephyrus with his sweet breath

Inspired has in every holt and heath

Tender crops, and the young sun

Has in the ram half his course run

And small fowls make melody

That sleep all the night with open eye

We need to sleep with one eye open. The world is changing and the largest changes are not political or caused by the interaction of beliefs or nations. The changes are in nature and even when we sleep we must keep one eye open lest we cause our planet to change for the worse forever.

Whatever your beliefs and wherever you are, I wish you a very happy equinox.

Enjoying a sunny February

February had, by its 27th day set a new record for sunshine hours in London. Back in 1970 London enjoyed a record breaking 94 hours 22 minutes. Now it has had a total of 115 hours, the highest since, in that time hallowed phrase, records began.

Down in the Isle of Wight they got 179 sunshine hours in February – a very compelling reason to install solar systems. This very sunny weather was also enjoyed throughout England and Wales, and as a result mean temperatures in England and Wales were over 1°C higher than average. If there are fewer sad people in London there are more than usual in Chicago. They got only eleven minutes if sun in the first week of February, another record.  I am not blaming anthropogenic carbon emissions for this sunny weather. I am just enjoying it.