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Talking About the Weather

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

It seems another good day to talk about the weather on the blog as we’ve had lots of it today and we’ll have plenty of company: Research done by social anthropologist Kate Fox found “94% of British respondents admit to having conversed about the weather in the past six hours”. It seems that the British do talk about the weather a lot…

Today started foggy, both for my drive in and for when we started work continuing on this year’s coppice block with our Tuesday volunteer team.

By lunchtime the fog had lifted to make a grey day, with occasional glimpses of sunshine.

Roger even enjoyed having his lunch outside.

Then shortly after lunch it all changed. First came some rain, then hail and then heavy rain. We were glad of our coats and, in many cases, waterproof trousers. Up went hoods on raincoats…

…and we kept calm and carried on! Here’s Eddie giving stakes and guards to some rather nice self-seeded oak saplings we found – in a few decades hopefully some of them will be beautiful standards among the willow coppice.

As the rain got heavier we decided to call it a day and set about finishing off and tidying up. At this point two things happened: Firstly the rain stopped and we had a lovely rainbow to look at as we cleaned the tools and put them away.

Secondly a military aircraft flew over carrying a vehicle!

What a busy and productive day with very variable weather! Thank you very much to all who helped.


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