- Busy old fool indeed - I can't remember a January when the sun shone so much - day after day for the last ten days or so we have had wall-to-wall sunshine. It can't of course last for ever and there is still February to come - but it is a short month and by the time March arrives we know that whatever the winter throws at us it will not be for long because it will be getting warmer and more importantlylighter.
And I was thinking today as I did my walk round , how lucky I am to live in a temperate climate and at the latitude I do. I am not a hot weather person so I would hate to live in a tropical place and one where the weather (give or take climate change) is more or less predictable.
The nearest I have been to 'hot ' is North Africa and much of my time there was spent up in the mountains. But I have been above the Arctic Circle and - wearing a good anorak - I found that (on midsummer's day) quite pleasant.
Of course there is also the matter of hours of daylight and darkness but that too I find so much better in our temperate climate. Sitting having a coffee in a street cafe at midnight in Tromso in the daylight was an experience and watching Alexander Armstrong in Iceland at midnight in the daylight was interesting. But then one has to contrast that with the opposite - in winter it barely gets light.
No, I don't know about you but my feeling is 'all things in moderation'' . See you tomorrow.