It has been raining practically nonstop in this climate area (southwestern Québec/ Eastern Ontario). We had one sunny day on Sunday, when we could weed and plant in our postage-stamp gardens.
I need a slightly longer raincoat to cover my thighs down to my knees, on the bicycle. I do wear skirts in a quick-drying material and leggings in this weather - this dries much faster than jeans but this spring is unusually wet. In the Netherlands they actually sell "rain-skirts" for this purpose, to cover trousers or a skirt where one gets very soggy.
That is why the café where you are meeting has a roof...
Mick, you are a right old Cassandra, Friday will be fine. As a seasoned meteorologist, well I spent the whole of my 17th year working for the Met Office and then nearly 48 years in weather dependent jobs, I can read enough into the charts and tea leaves to be reasonably confident. Bixa, if you go further into the Met Office site you will find the magic charts. These show that on Friday midday London lays in a ridge of high pressure between two areas of low. The same situation, although in more extreme conditions, will occur tomorrow. So look to tomorrow as a guide. A reasonable day, perhaps dullish, but possibly with some sun. Just believe things will be fine, and they generally are.
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Last Edit: Jun 6, 2017 13:56:04 GMT by mossie: can't damn well type or spell
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While you lucky ones are meeting in London, I shall be driving 600 km to a country town in NSW called Hay. It is about halfway between Sydney and Adelaide with Melbourne about 400 km south. 50 years ago some of our Mini car club members were returning from Sydney after a rally which finished with a marvellous party. They decided to run an event and party in Hay and invite all the Mini clubs in Oz and NZ.
This year is the 50th running of the motorkhana and party and we have the town completely booked out with locals billeting many.We know there will be 350-400 people for the 4 day fun with several kids over 12 able to compete as did their parents and grandparents. My ex and I directed the 2nd to 10th events and the event just grew.Drivers came from UK,NZ and one year 8 brave drivers crammed into 2 Minis and crossed the Nullabor Plain from Perth to Sydney...real heroes...4000km one way. My son has won the championship 8 times, he and my d-i-law have organised it 18 times. This year will be incredible. The pioneers from the 60s are entering just to have another shot at their old rivals, the current crop are fighting it out as ever and the grandchildren as competitive as any.
The Party is for trophies to be presented, music, dancing, chatting with interstate friends, fireworks, food and the retelling of old funny incidents. and creation of new ones. I will be absent from here until next week, Hay (pop 4300)is a bit dodgy with its technology.
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That is not a competition which I wish to take part in, or even hear.
Backtracking a bit on my forecast. Bring a folding umbrella, we may just possibly get some patches of light rain and it may be rather breezy. There is an indoors area so all is not lost.
Mossie, I was referring to the day before, the 8th, when Cheery and Bixa apparently have a date to meet one another. No need to worry or take part in. And, I did not mean for the word "competition" to be taken so literally.
Hmmmm. Struggling to defeat the login/then login with your email address system so I am logging in as a guest
Struggling, Bixa. Reaaaaly struggling with a brutal chest infection for the last two weeks. I can't see me getting in the car to drive to London. Im massively disappointed to be missing out on meeting up with all my online mateys. I am so sorry.
Oh Iain, I am shattered! Of course I understand that it would be no fun and maybe even dangerous to drive all that way while you're so sick, but I was really excited about meeting you and I know everyone else was also. I am just going to hope that you have a miraculous recovery and that the Good Fairy who tends to Nice Guy Scotsmen leaves a personal helicopter on the lawn for you to make it here in time.
Seriously, take care of yourself and feel better!
pee ess ~ I hate that new complicated login thing, but it is out of my hands. When you're feeling better, get yourself logged in with "remember me" so it will be easy for you to drop by from time to time.
Bored with trying to log in with my old accounts I have started a more appropriate one.
I am completely unlikely to be in London anytime soon. I did an 81 mile bike race/event almost 3 weeks ago. I was feeling quite unwell for the few days before it but since I was fundraising for cancer charity I did't feel that I could not compete. My sore throat and cold seemed to get driven deep into my lungs, it was particularly cool and damp day. I have been flat-out pretty much since then. I am on my third course of antibiotic as of today. Perhaps its also part of becoming a 50 year old? On the plus side I did complete the course in under 5 hours.
I certainly sympathise with you Iain. A year and a half ago, I found myself in hospital for 8 days with a serious mystery condition. I had actually been declining for about six months, as I lost balance, started to have incontenance issues and finally found my brain attacked when I couldn't even remember the door code to get into my building. It was perhaps even more amazing that after 2 days in hospital with antibiotics that I felt almost normal again -- but of course they kept me until all of the tests showed that there was no longer anything nasty in my system. They sort of said "pneumonia" but they never really knew what it was. My lungs had totally disappeared on the X-rays even though I was not coughing or spitting or anything. For the checkup one month later, my lungs reappeared on the x-ray and there was no longer any trace of anything wrong with me.
Oh Jeez, now that I have said that, all of the rest of you are going to cancel your attendance so that I don't contaminate you.
Sorry to read about your illness Ian and hope this turn with the antibiotics takes care of it! Congratulations on the bike race!
Reading how this came on after your bike race reminded me of a friend of mine who ran a marathon this past January and in February had a heart attack and upon investigation they found it was not his first one. He just turned 51. He has since recovered from a successful surgery and has passed his stress tests and can resume any physical activity.
Wishing you all an absolutely fabulous get together!
My weather forecast says up to 20C (so, say, low 60sF) partly sunny, for that area for tomorrow. So pleasant enough, but an extra layer for warmth perhaps. And it seems the cafe might have wifi, but whether it's powerful enough to support Skype and the like, who knows?