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Tuesday 01 December 2015

Meteorological Winter Begins

Tuesday saw the start of winter as far as keeping weather records goes. The seasons are split into 3 month spells making record keeping a little bit easier. So Meteorological winter consists of December, January and February.

I spotted this rather nice little graphic from the Met Office which details our coldest, mildest, wettest and so on.

Tuesday continued the spell of mild weather with the afternoon temperatures reaching 13.6°C or 56.5°F. The expected high temperature for the first few days of December is only around 6.0°C or 42.8°F. At least it wasn't windy for once although we did have more rain during the night which cleared away as it got light. Another 3.4mm (0.13") brought our total up to 40.8mm (1.61") without a 24 hour dry spell.

If I don't get out and take some photos soon I think I'll forget how to use my camera. Tomorrow looks like another mild and dry day although it looks as though it will be cloudy. A little bit of sunshine wouldn't come amiss.

Wednesday 02 to Friday 04 December 2015

Was It Sunshine

For a few minutes on Wednesday morning the sun came out. It wasn't out for very long but I did just manage a photo as the low morning sunshine lit up our hedge.

The very mild spell of weather is continuing and it’s much milder than we might expect for the beginning of December. The bad news though is that it’s accompanied by more gale force winds.

Thursday was dull and miserable with rain at times but first thing Friday morning was bright again. It was our first planned trip over to Manchester as part of Sue’s ongoing eye care. To be honest I was rather pleased it was mild for the trip over the Pennines which can be a difficult journey in bad weather conditions.

Well before we reached the tops the sun had disappeared but at least the rain held off.

Even the traffic wasn’t too bad and the 50 mile journey was accomplished in a little over an hour. In Manchester the Christmas Market was in full swing.

The return journey was a bit of a nightmare as it took well over two hours due to the volume of traffic.

The result of the consultation wasn’t what we’d been hoping for. Sue needs to see another specialist before any further progress is possible.

Saturday & Sunday 05/06 December 2015

Gale Force Winds - Luckily Only a Few Showers

Saturday was very windy with gale force winds for most of the day.

We were lucky to miss the enormous amount of rain that was deposited further north and west in Cumbria that has resulted in devastating floods. Our early morning rainfall only amounted to 1.6mm which fell mostly in the early hours of the morning. The gale force winds eventually started to abate as midnight approached.

Sunday was much better with even a little hint of sunshine and the gale force winds finally abated.

I did see this article in the Yorkshire Post newspaper with a video showing Malham Cove converted to a waterfall - something that hasn’t happened for a few hundred years.

Monday & Tuesday 07/08 December 2015

Cutting Back

Monday and Tuesday have been very nice days for the beginning of December. The mild spell of weather is continuing and we've had little rain to speak of and touch wood no more gales.

I swapped some plants around from our plant hospital to go back on display in the front window. A while ago our Busy Lizzy was looking worse for wear. It had been in flower for a long time but it had succumbed to red spider mite and needed some attention. So it got my cutting back treatment and was moved to an upstairs window sill to recuperate.

The stems were cut back to virtually soil level and any remaining pests washed off the little bits of remaining stem. It was then given some fresh compost and put in the hospital. Even inside at this time of year it needed careful watering but eventually new tiny shoots began to appear and now it's back in flower and looking really healthy.

It replaced a little potted rose that had been in flower over a period of several months but it looked as though it had begun to suffer from mildew or something similar so it's had the cutting back treatment although I haven't yet repotted it. I’m not sure how it will regrow. I wondered if, like potmums, it might have been treated with something to make it grow in a dwarf fashion and it will now go on to grow into a much larger plant.

Watch this space to see what happens.