An Unsummery Start to the Day

It’s approaching 8.00am and I would normally be leaving the house, but today being a day off, I am typing. I waved my car off at 7.05, as the garage collected it and I now have a day to type and worry about the size of the car bill. I’m hungry but I can’t cook yet as Julia is having a lie in and if I cook the smell will make her want to get up and come down for breakfast. All in all, it’s a messy start to the day.

I’m very tempted by the idea of baked eggs, but I find they work best if kept simple, and as I also fancy the idea of bacon I’m in two minds about what to do.

The prospect through my writing window, is grey. If you told me this was March or November, I would believe you. Apart from the temperature, which is chilly but not actually cold, things are definitely unsummery. That should be a word – meaning disappointingly unlike summer, but not quite bad enough to put a jacket on.Β  “Typical English summer” is often used in this context, meaning that it’s a disappointingly dull period where sunburn is a distant prospect, even for a nation of people who are inclined to expose too much blue/white flesh to the elements. The average English sunbather isn’t so much protected by sun oil as basted. There’s something about sunbathing Brits that always makes me think of pork crackling.

Note I am referring mainly to the English here, the Scots, according to popular belief, are even more delicate in matters of sun, and the Welsh exist in a semi-permanent miasma of mist and rain.

This, by the way, is my default setting. Leave any chimpanzee alone with a word-processor and they will eventually write Hamlet (or so they say). Leave the English alone with a keyboard and the topic soon turns to the weather . . .

26 thoughts on “An Unsummery Start to the Day

  1. Clare Pooley

    We have had a typical English summer for the past two weeks. Hardly any sun and lots of cold and rain. The temperature struggled up to 13C by the end of the afternoon. Your breakfast sounds wonderful except I can only eat a little muesli or maybe a slice of toast for breakfast. I could manage that for my lunch or tea. πŸ™‚

  2. jodierichelle

    Look at you blogging at 8:00 am. Bravo to that! And yay that the car bill wasn’t too bad.

    We hit high 90’s F today in NJ and we and our gardens are withering. So you get no sympathy on the weather.

    xo, jodie

  3. Helen

    I did actually wear a coat today and a wool one at that.

    Anyway, I hope the weather in Nottingham has cheered up now. We have had intermittent sun here for the last hour or so.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      So far we have avoided sunshine. It’s currently slightly chilly in Nottingham and I haven’t seen any sun. However, the car is fixed and didn’t cost too much. πŸ™‚


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