It’s the 11th of November 2010 and the Winter is here in full force.
I love winter. I love lots of things about it, sitting in the pub by the open fire, going snowboarding and the ever important snow days of which seem to be occurring more often in the past few years. Then theres Christmas which is generally quite a nice time around town and everyone seems to cheer up a bit. So there is lots of good things about winter however at the moment it’s pretty dire!
Every morning consists of me waking up and getting dressed and ready to do what ever it is i’m doing on that day. Usually greeted by the perfect brew left on desk when I hop out of bed. Before the getting dressed part though, I tend to have a shower so I feel fresh for the rest of the day ahead. The shower is lovely, couldn’t fault it most morning unless, the hot water has run out which isn’t often but it’s the getting out of the shower that gets me. Every summer I can have a shower, get out and dry off and be fine but in the winter I get out of the shower, wrap up in towels and head back to my bedroom. As soon as that bathroom door opens a freezing cold breeze hits my face and reminds me that I should have got extra towels and had the towel rail come on earlier. It’s a horrible feeling.
So thats one reason how winter ruins my morning routine but then there is a second of which I have never experienced before; Winter driving. It’s absolutely terrible. I passed my test back in June and the weather has been fine up until now. But Wales doesn’t just rain, it pisses it down and doesn’t stop. Which is how I was introduced to aquaplaning, scarily losing control of the car when going over deep puddles at speed. I’m not quite sure whether I find it fun or flat out terrifying yet but I’ll try not to make a habit of it.
Then there’s the cold, I have to put on my thick woollen coat every morning now and that’s not always enough as the heaters take a while in the car and the gear stick is metal so every time I change gear I get the feeling that my hand has been dipped in liquid nitrogen and would be easy enough to smash apart with a small hammer. Where as these are problems, there’s also having to be sensible with the driving conditions which in man terms means LESS FUN. I don’t have a rally car. I haven’t got a defender either, my car was designed for the road and it gets me from A to B quite smoothly albit with a bit of rattling and so long as there are no speed bumps enroute it should be ok. But this bloody weather has restricted the amount of fun I can have in it and god knows what it’ll be like when the snow comes. Probably stationary to be honest. Anyway the banner at the top of my blog will remain in it’s wintery form until a relevant event happens for me to change it (i.e Christmas) and for now I’ll have to put up with the shocking weather that is persistently ruining my days.
One last thing, Much respect to our service men today. I will wear my poppy with pride.