Posted by: travelrat | August 21, 2016

Travel Theme: Weather

‘I wish the sun would go in, then I wouldn’t feel a need to sit out in it all day’ (Unknown)

‘If you don’t like our weather, wait a minute!’  (Cumbrian saying)

‘If you can see the coast of Ireland from the Mull of Kintyre, it’s going to rain. If you can’t see it, it is raining’ (Scottish saying)

CKA Fengdu

We planned to stay at the Holiday Lodge for a few days, and the proprietor told us that any activities we planned could be booked through him, at a fair discount.

‘But, don’t book them now!’  he said ‘Wait till you get here, then we’ll have a look at the weather forecast’

What excellent advice that was, too! We did the train ride up into the mountains on a glorious day, sailed out to the reef when the cloud was a bit lower … and it rained on the trip to the rain forest.

Things don’t always pan out so neatly, though, so it’s a good idea to have an alternate plan in case the weather conditions aren’t right for your chosen activity. ‘Expect the best, but prepare for the worst’ is pretty good counsel for most things.

If you’re going further afield, you will have researched the weather where you’re going … won’t you? I did a couple of years ago … I packed sweaters, gloves and a woolly hat, but still threw in a pair of shorts, flip-flops and a couple of T-shirts in case the weather-man got it wrong. Guess what? There were a couple of days when he did. I needed everything I packed!

But, we’ve all heard about the person who complained that the cruise line didn’t tell them to bring warm clothing … even though the cruise was going beyond the Arctic Circle, in the middle of winter, to see the Northern Lights.

Really, you might find something to do, whatever the weather. Like the Norwegians say: ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’  And, I remember the late Harry Griffin’s advice on what to do on one of the (frequent) rainy days in the English Lake District:

‘Go and watch waterfalls, get drunk or make love!’

Our Street 1

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