Spring cancelled

There is no gardening going on, as you may have inferred. Reason: It is still winter (even though it’s spring).

Here in the UK, the Gods appear to have cancelled spring. We have snow, floods and below-zero temperatures. March has in fact been colder than both December and January, which is quite an achievement. It hasn’t been this cold since 1962.

But hey, records are there to be broken. If it’s a stinker of a spring, it’s just the inevitable suite to a stinker of a summer and a shitty autumn. Of late, we have not had good luck with the weather.

The thing to remember, though, is that This Shit Happens. From 1310-1330, northern Europe suffered appalling weather. Millions starved. By 1325, the population was 25% smaller than 1310 – and all before the Black Death had killed a soul. According to contemporaries, it just rained and rained and rained. For 20 years. Unremittingly.

Let’s hope history’s not repeating itself.

One bright thought: This time last year it hadn’t rained for months and the UK authorities were imposing hosepipe bans. All I can say to that is: Ha ha, ha ha, ha bloody ha ha.

2 Responses to “Spring cancelled”

  1. tom Says:

    yeah – i take the weather personally too.

    good note about the Middle-Ages.

    i was hoping you’d give us the truth about the Cyprus bank-fart, but maybe you aren’t bothered.

    the problem is: before you know someone has told you the truth, you have to do your own thinking – there’s isn’t a dodge.

    as for friggin gardening, even the spinach, kale, chervil and the rest that i’ve planted in little home-made pots indoors, is refusing to show the tiniest sign of life

    austerity ! true austerity is a plonker like Ed Balls speaking for the Opposition: he isn’t the messiah

  2. Andy Says:

    Clicked on your link about the great European Famine. Very interesting.

    “…..rape and murder were demonstrably far more common”

    “…Europe took on a tougher and more violent edge”

    “…chivalry was tossed aside”

    If this is what we’re in for this summer, I may vote UKIP next time round.

    Resembling the Third Battle of Ypres, my allotment is currently a no-go area. Mooched around empty garden centres today instead – grim here in North London.