Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

Reading my diary for the second half of April last year, I am faced with contrasts. How very different the weather was this time last year with lilac in bloom, sand martins swooping and diving off the cliffs and quoting from my entry for Tuesday 26th April ‘Saturday was the highlight, with temperatures up to 24°C, radiant sunshine and blue skies; it was time to get the shorts and t-shirts out of winter storage and apply sun-cream.’  Shorts, Sun-Cream and 24°C then; Waterproofs, Wind and 10°C today!

We thought we had said goodbye to this abysmal weather on Monday afternoon when the sun came out and with clear blue skies we walked along the beach watching the Jayne Marie out crab fishing. Very pleasant too - while it lasted. Tuesday morning and we were back with prolonged showers, in fact it rained pretty well all day.

We are ‘itching’ to get out in the garden but the grass is squelchy and the soil on the vegetable plot too wet to work. I have been able to pot on tomato seedlings in the greenhouse but it is pointless sowing seeds on the plot. In fact we are quite behind on this score with beetroot, leeks, spring onions, spinach, radish, parsnip and carrot seeds still in their packets in the cupboard. This time last year these were sown and Peter was watering them to encourage germination. In addition we had planted runner beans and french beans outside with back-ups in pots in the greenhouse along with courgettes and cucumbers.

Fed-up, cheesed-off, call it what you like but I have had more than enough of this persistent damp, cold dismal weather! It is not just us in the east that are suffering; it seems to be countrywide with those in the west experiencing the worst of the rain. I have just been looking at the forecast provided by the weather widget on my Welcome page and it does look as though there may be an improvement next week. I am keeping my fingers crossed

But to every negative there has to be a positive and my case, being stuck indoors has meant I have been able to progress further with my book. I finished writing the last piece on Monday; an introduction to the last section. It was not until I had completed this and thought – ‘what’s next’ that I realised, there was nothing else. Well that is not entirely true, because I still have photographs to insert, cover to design and of course I need to check everything through which is almost bound to result in changes but at long last, the end is in sight.

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