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Still waiting for rain

by Clare Mansell
Still waiting for rain
Still waiting for rain

I am feeling rather envious of my friends in the UK at the moment with their chilly conditions and early winter snow. Here in Cyprus we are the other end of that same weather system and for us it has meant a particularly dry November.

It’s now been about 7 months since we had rain, by now the grass should be green, but instead everything is parched and dusty. This is not good news for our dogs either, in their brief encounters with grass they have been delirious, rolling in it, laying on it and eating it, and this year they’ll be waiting longer for that pleasure.

Waiting for rain

I must admit I am looking forward to our move to Scotland more and more, and to getting the dogs away from the island and safe from the poisonings and snakes. We should be leaving in April before Cyprus really heats up and then heading to Lossiemouth via my parents (who are literally at the other end of the UK!) before driving 12 hours up to the Highlands… with the dogs!

Our UK posting is going to mean we will be reunited with possessions we put into storage 4 years ago – before we were even married! I’ve forgotten most of what we have, but I do know I have clothes amongst it, which is a rather horrific thought!

Returning to the UK also means we’ll be able to buy some furniture of our own and I have been gently easing my husband into the idea that this will almost certainly involve thrift shops, antique markets and eBay. The biennial assembling and reconstructing of our Ikea furniture has come to symbolise the temporariness and blandness of our home, so I have grand ideas beyond the world of flatpack… we shall see if they come to fruition in the spring!

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5 comments

delia hornbook December 2, 2010 - 7:06 pm

awwww i will keep my fingers crossed that everything and all your dreams will work out for you. It really is freezing cold here in the Uk and poor Scotland has been hit bad. Take care Dee

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sophie...^5 December 2, 2010 - 9:05 pm

April will come before you know it and then relief from heat. I can’t believe the story about the poisonings..such insane inhumane people in this world, eh!

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Ninny December 2, 2010 - 10:52 pm

While I don’t envy your drought, I don’t envy the UK’s nasty weather, either. I think I just like the sunshine I have here in Oklahoma, mild 60’s temps.

Liz

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Emma December 3, 2010 - 5:13 am

Ooh, I’d much rather be here any day, the snow looks lovely but can’t handle that cold!

I was looking at that 2nd photo for ages, apart from the lack of grass that could be England – seems so strange to see a pitched roof and guttering!

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LindyLouMac December 3, 2010 - 5:59 pm

Well I am not sure which of the two weather extremes is the lesser evil. You are welcome to some of Italy’s rain, the wettest we have experienced since 2004.

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