The first day of December and the cold has taken grip on the place. The pictures show the glory of the snowy scenes but I miss the warmth of the suns rays already. I know this is only a cold snap and temperatures will climb soon but the nights come too soon and the days are too short and I miss my shorts….we will have to head even further south for next winter……had my rant.. finished now.
I am sure I suffer from SAD , a seasonal affected disorder , as I am generally far less happy when the sun don’t shine and it stays dark more than it is light. To keep my spirits up I look forward to rather bizarre things.. for instance I like to celebrate the onset of next summer on December 21st, the winter solstice. We will dress up in shorts and loud T-shirts, light the barbeque and have the Beach Boys playing on the CD player. Why ?…you may well ask, because from the solstice the days start to get longer again and a few weeks later you can start to look for the first flowers around the bases of trees…a good a reason as any say.
Some very good fellow boating friends of ours Harry and Marion have opted to House-sit this winter in Belfast. Others have opted to go home and leave their boats on winter moorings until rejoining in the Spring and others like Ian and Mel have headed much further south and are now in Malta for the winter sunshine and enjoying great temperatures. I like Harry and Marion’s idea but not the location…too cold, and we might find it a little tricky getting to Malta in our wide beam canal boat next winter…but if anyone knows a house that needs looking after next winter nearer the equator please let me know.
Also would like to make a trip home sometime soon but my car in UK has had its last rites, so if anyone nearby has a car I could borrow for a week please let me know ASAP. So that is a house for next winter in the sun somewhere and a car for a week this winter…so get your skates on.
Hopefully will be able to keep my followers up to date each week…so watch this space.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes