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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are,
That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm.

Actually that's enough of King Lear. I'm not naked, in fact I wore my new frock to work today (it's now officially an almost-new frock cos I've worn it eight times) but the weather makes it seem so. Amazing the way the wind whips round your nether regions when you're wearing a frock.

Have I mentioned the weather before? Oh yes, last blog and a lot of you seem to think you are worse off than I am. This, I am not prepared to countenance. Nobody suffers like I do. I'm like Lily wossname in 'What Katy did at school', a real Mrs Gummidge. Or Anne Eliot's sister Mary whose coughs are worse than anybody else's. Well this morning I read a long range weather forecast and 'they' say it's going to be cold until the end of April.

Let me repeat that for anyone whose brain refused to process it:

It's going to be cold until the end of April.

We'll just have a pause while everyone absorbs that.

And I'll just pass round a box of tissues. I really got a sinking feeling, an UnSparkly feeling when I read that, this morning.


There, I've said it for everyone.

On Friday, Stonecot and I are hiking in Epping Forest. With gritted teeth.

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FIRECOM 4/2/2013 12:01PM

    Cold. Brrrr. We retired to Arizona to stay away from the freezy skid stuff. Temp high to day is to be in the high 80's F. Love it. I do NOT look forward to our summer highs in the 115 to 120 F range.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 4/2/2013 8:44AM

    I hear ya! And I wear my cotton yoga capri's under my frocks to keep my nether regions warm (As well as covered, if perchance I was to faint dead away whilst in public. Not that I've ever fainted or been prone to fainting,)...but it turned cold here yesterday after I had already locked furnace down to 65 deg F on Sunday because it was so warm. I didn't want to reprogram it for summer air conditioning yet, as it's a bit of a pain to reprogram. Sure enough, it turned cooler yesterday, and not to warm up until the weekend.

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SHANNONY84 4/1/2013 6:01AM

    I hope the weather works with you my love! Please be careful and take care! I hope your hike is amazing!

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DANAPRIME 3/31/2013 5:15PM

    Cold, aurgh!!

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MILLEDGE2 3/30/2013 9:36PM

    Can't wait to hear about your next adventures! Did you two make it to Epping Forest? Inquiring minds want to know!

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LOUISE3518 3/30/2013 7:38PM

Hang in there.............. and happy walking next week.
We're in the 40's USA temps :)
Mud season is starting... still have snow on the ground too~!!!!, but not for long.

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SATCHMO99 3/30/2013 11:11AM

    Icy icicles clung to the underneath of a bridge on my parkrun this morning.

Contrast that with the beautiful sight of crocus spelling out the word "peace" by the Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes (sorry I haven't got a picture of that, I was too busy running)

You'll have to see my blog to have a look at a picture of the icicles, and one of the Peace Pagoda!

Brrr, "None of you will bid the winter come to thrust his icy fingers in my maw.... To make his bleak winds kiss my parched lips" King John

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KIPPER15 3/30/2013 6:26AM

    ARUGH!!! I so agree with you! It can not stay cold for another month! I am just coming out of hibernation! I need emoticon

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WISEDIETER 3/29/2013 3:38PM

    And here we are complaining about the heat the drought and just wishing for some rain and cooler temps will we get your kind of winter I wonder we usually follow suit one thing we cant control is the weather and probably just as well so understand your situation as we are the reverse
Easter greetings to you from New Zealand
Cheers Sue

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MARITIMER3 3/29/2013 2:40PM

    Even though it's cold, I've turned down the furnace and opened some windows to get some fresh air through the house. I think it's time, though, to either close the windows again or put on a sweater.

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BMCKEOW1 3/29/2013 12:24PM

    I hate the cold too. Hopefully your walk isn't to muddy. Those suck sometimes.

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PAHOOT 3/29/2013 7:05AM

    Love your blog. I hate the cold, too. I am back in thigh high snow and a road that is muddy ruts when the temps agree to go above freezing. Every day I have to say I am EMBRACING this or else I'll go nuts. Enjoy your hike. I need to figure out where I can hike that won't have me sinking over my boots in either snow or mud! No frocks for me!

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TREYONE 3/28/2013 9:27PM

  Spring has yet to arrive in Minnesota - can't wait until it does!!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/28/2013 7:53PM

    Yes, spring has only come as far as the calendar is concerned. I have a cold again. My nose is running better than I can. emoticon

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FALLNTENN 3/28/2013 7:37PM

    Sorry about the weather. I hope your hike with STONECOT is fun. Be careful not to break any teeth while they are chattering with the cold.

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    It'll be cold here at least that long too.

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    2 weeks ago, I walked the pups while wearing shorts, a T, and sandals (& boy, did they look funny wearing sandals"!). Another cold snap - bundled up in 3 shirts and long johns, the chihuahua stuck inside my jacket for most of the walks. This week, lighter long pants. Next week, up to the high 70's, then crashing back into the 50's for the highs. Sheesh! Our average latest freeze is 22 April.

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 3/28/2013 5:10PM

    Miserable :(

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LINDAKAY228 3/28/2013 4:23PM

    I hope it warms up for your Friday hike. Definitely would not want it to be cold until the end of April either! Your blogs are so entertaining! Love them and your sense of humor.

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BRENDAGAIL9 3/28/2013 4:22PM

    Well, I hate to brag but our temps are getting to the 60's the next few days plus no rain is predicted for Easter Sunday. It usually rains really hard for the Saturday egg hunt but not this year. Last Saturday there was an indoor hunt upstairs at our local grocery store. I am glad I didn't decide to go there to shop. My friend told me about it. Downstairs at the back section where the store is there are vendor booths set up and they sell all sorts of neat and not-so-neat stuff so I got there often. I used to sell there but it was too much work hauling stuff back and forth. Now the booths are all sectioned off so stuff stays there all the time.

Have a great Easter!

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PATTISTAMPS 3/28/2013 1:49PM

    You crack me up (US slang for "you make me laugh") Thanks for sharing. Wishing you sunny skies and warmer temps!

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CELEST 3/28/2013 10:16AM

    I feel your "pain" because I feel exactly the same way regarding our cant go on like this, I'm roasting alive. emoticon

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UNSWEETMAMA 3/28/2013 10:08AM

    You have my sympathies. Really. I would be hibernating.

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    So sorry you are COLD.
I avoid long range weather forecasts...

If I don't like what they say,,,
I get bummed out,
if I like what they say
and it doesn't happen....
I get bummed out.

Your hate of the cold got me to wondering....
Does it get really hot, and or, humid in your neck of the woods?

In my world I am grateful for most any kind of weather. You may ask why, and that would be, because it gives us something to jointly complain about without hurting anyone's feelings. (Except maybe the weather forecaster; but they are just best guessing at best and not really liable for what the weather actually is.)

I think this is my blog for the day.

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LEANMEAN2 3/28/2013 7:08AM

    Here in the states, they were contemplating hanging the groundhog that predicted an early spring.

I'm with them all the way to the gallows.

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TDEMAIO2 3/28/2013 7:05AM

    emoticon till April? emoticon where's that tissue?

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HENLADY11 3/28/2013 6:35AM

  Thank you for the Shakespeare, he puts it so well!

here is one of my favorite bits:
"Fat palates make lean pates, and dainty bits
Make rich the ribs but bankrupt quite the wits."
(Love's Labor Lost)

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LECATES 3/28/2013 6:31AM

    Now that IS bad news for you! I feel your pain!

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MRS.DOYLE 3/28/2013 4:11AM

    We went shopping for gloves yesterday. Couldn't believe it.....and the shops have their summer clothes in. I predict another bloodbath in the retail world.

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NEW-CAZ 3/28/2013 3:57AM

    I seem to remember the weathermen saying back in December that we'd have this! Doesn't, make it any easier!
I hate this cold. Enjoy your walk Anne, wrap up emoticon

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EOWYNRUSS 3/28/2013 2:28AM

    "What if I were siezed in some dreadful way, and unable to ring the bell?"

Name that literary whiner.

I'm with you. Cold until the end of April is simply unacceptable, something must be done, and since you're so motivated, I elect you. I have no idea how you are going to bend Mother Nature to your will, but you have skill in herding cats, so I feel my faith in your abilities is not misplaced. Carry on!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/28/2013 1:23AM

    And let's have a little spring!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/28/2013 1:23AM

    And let's have a little spring!

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GOANNA2 3/28/2013 12:46AM

    So sorry that the cold won't go away. It has been a long
winter for you. I hope it is OK when you go on your hike.
Be very careful and stay warm and safe.
Here's a bit of Aussie sun to warm you up. emoticon
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MARYJEANSL 3/27/2013 11:45PM

  So sorry to hear about more nasty weather for you! Maybe you'll have an extra long summer to compensate. I'd send you some of our warmth if I could.

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LIVEDAILY 3/27/2013 10:01PM

    cooo, law...perspective my dear. It won't be cold enough to freeze your bits off, and haven't you hiked in worse???
Happy Easter!

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AUSFAM 3/27/2013 9:38PM

    Your blogs always make me smile--even though we're in the same boat here! The corn is never going to get planted!

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REGILIEH 3/27/2013 9:20PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!! emoticon

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610PEACH 3/27/2013 9:11PM

    Well, cold or not, I'd love to go hiking w/you. I guarantee we'd just laugh the whole time. Wish I could send some SoCal sun your way. Good luck!

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LYNNA1968 3/27/2013 9:02PM

    scare that cold dreary weather away! I can't stand it either

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DR1939 3/27/2013 8:35PM

    I can remember being in London on June 1 and it was really cold. We had bought light jackets. Midweek it was sweltering. Go figure. It will finally get nice even if it is for only a few weeks.

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IDICEM 3/27/2013 8:34PM

    If we all concentrate very hard and send our chants into cyberspace, April will be warm! It's worth a try, anyway.

Wishing you sunshine. emoticon

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EABL81 3/27/2013 8:20PM

    Just be sure to pack your snowshoes!

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 3/27/2013 8:15PM

  Hang in there!!! emoticon It's coming!

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    A very cold, very grey, very wet, very looooong spring. Wear some thermal underwear on your hike!

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ROCKYCPA 3/27/2013 7:46PM

    Yes it is a very cold spring even here in the state's - we had snow on Monday. The ground hog was wrong! Oh, well enjoy your walk but dress warm.

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GABY1948 3/27/2013 7:43PM

    Well, if you mean worse like snow...I live in Northern Michigan, USA and we are JUST now getting rid of the snow! It does seem like warm weather will never come this year!

I LOVE the way you talk! I just HAD to say that! I can hear every word you say! Have a great one! emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 3/27/2013 7:40PM

    Enjoy your hike, despite cold and mud... emoticon

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