And very wet with it. After almost a week of pleasant weather today has blown in very wet and windy - and I suspect it has been like this all night judging from the water lying about on the road.
The highlight of my day was my flu jab at eleven o'clock this morning. And very well-organised it was too. Marshalls everywhere and no possibility of going wrong. I was in and out within a couple of minutes and I never felt a thing. So that is another thing I can tick off my list. I have a jab every year - I think we owe it to ourselves and to our families to do as much as we can to avoid whatever strain of flu happens to be lurking in the wings. That does not include Covid of course although today's Times indicates that the vaccine being investigated at Oxford is doing very well.
It is on days like this that I envy people like Cro who can stoke up a good log fire. There are advantages with being all gas/electric, and of course at my age I can't be sawing logs, but on miserable days like today there is really no substitute for a good log fire (although I do remember sitting so close to it that my legs got red at the front!) When I think back to my parents and to my childhood - we had a good fire in the living room - when I was very small my mother didn't have an electric cooker even (there was no gas in the village) and cooked solely in the side oven of the fire. And what a good cook she was - good roasts (alternating beef, pork and lamb on Sundays and making it last in various forms (cold sliced, shepherd's or cottage pies, mince, casseroles) and the most wonderful mushy peas and rice puddings usually left in overnight. The smell of bread while still warm always takes me back to my childhood with rising bread and Lincolnshire Plum Bread rising in the hearth. The rest of the house had no heating so it was hot water bottles (or even an oven shelf wrapped in sheeting) at bed time and often frost on the inside of the window in the mornings. But we came to no harm and knew no better.
But Winters have changed haven't they? (hope I am not tempting fate), Last Winter we only had a handful of sharp frosts and I don't remember many mornings when the roads were icy. I wonder what this Winter will bring -