Having spent the last 3 years in Italy around this time, I’d kinda forgotten what late autumn can be like in the UK. It’s not so much a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness as a reason to dig out the wellington boots no less.
We’ve had dramatic floodings all over the place particularly up in Cumbria and one or two of my wife’s relatives from the area have been badly affected by the floods. A few weeks ago we had storms battering the coastline. At my daughter’s place near Brighton they’ve been experiencing really wild weather for ages it seems. The great shot above of a guy seemingly flying in the face of the wind was taken on the south coast but, if anything, it’s been worse down in the south west. Take a look at this dramatic shot of a huge wave crashing into the sea-wall at Porthleven in Cornwall. I’d like to see someone try and surf this beast:
An onlooker was reported to have said that it was the biggest wave he’d seen in 40 years of living in Cornwall. I can believe him. Imagine if you’d been standing by the sea wall when this bugger came crashing in. It would clear the cobwebs eh! And finally we’ve had bloody rain for days it seems. Until yesterday which for once was a bright clear day (at least here in London). C and I had planned to spend yesterday afternoon doing some Xmas shopping in town, which seemed like a good decision as the day started so beautifully. By 4pm yesterday I swear the temperature had dropped to zero – I was absolutely bloody freezing waiting less and less patiently outside Pretty Ballerina, French Sole, Campers and maybe a hundred other shoe shops. Ah the joys of shopping with your loved one. Happily we got a load of presents bought and had a lovely meal with our daughter S and son-in-law I last night. Tonight we’re having old friends Mike and Jayne to stay – assuming they can fight their way through the rain and biting wind. It’s great to be catching up with folks again but boy I do miss those balmy Italian autumns. Look it’s even started snowing on the Pasta Paulie blogsite now. Bloody weather.