The strangest start to spring for quite some years here in the uk.
As the so called beast from the east persists and we continue experiencing the worst of the UK’s big freeze, with copious amounts of snow, wind, ice and freezing temperatures a few things tend to pop into my mind.
There’s the obvious and possibly slightly worn view that we really should be able to cope with a bit of bad weather, after all what about those people that live in countries that are snowbound for months on end with temperatures that rarely climb above -10 on a warm day ?
To them the weather here at the moment might appear slightly chilly and probably totally commonplace.
We moan that our councils could do better and so on, but really the fact is that we are just not used to this sort of weather and actually sometimes we lose sight of what is obvious, in favour of engaging in that popular British pastime of moaning about the weather and being shocked that things are quite so bad.
The other thing that pops into my mind is how many people will be suffering because of this short term weather blip that was so totally unexpected it caught many by surprise.
Are the old couple down the road warm enough? Do they have enough food to get them through the next few frozen days?
It might seem obvious but because this sort of spell is unexpected in the uk, keeping enough supplies of food in the house doesn’t really seem important when the weather is ok, but it’s amazing how quickly it runs out when you can’t get out to replace it.
Spells of severe weather in snowbound countries are greeted as the norm and everybody keeps enough supplies of dry goods to last weeks, as they expect to need them at some point, we in the uk don’t, it’s as simple as that.
Residents of snowy places have vehicles equipped with the right tyres to get around, we don’t.
This is all quite normal and in my view we should try our best not to complain about the authorities seemingly bungling attempts at coping with unexpected spells of bad weather but rather try our best to help where we can.
No unnecessary journeys by car is a great start, check on elderly or vulnerable members of put community that we think might be struggling is another good idea.
Above all stay warm ourselves and rest easy in the knowledge that most of the time we have got it pretty good here in our lovely United Kingdom.