Our Favourite Topic
No prizes for guessing that the topic is the Welsh weather!
If we get glorious sunshine for a few weeks in Summer, some Jonah will say “Ooooh, we shall suffer for this!”. The Welsh are well-known for their Old Testament prophet attitude.
But, when persistent bad weather like we’ve been having over several weeks now visits our land, I never hear “Ooooh, we shall enjoy great blessings for this!”.
I suppose the weather is of importance in Wales because most of this country is rural. Our farmers – who we all take too much for granted – have to work with the weather to make any sort of living. And, in case you hadn’t worked it out for yourself, farming communities have all sorts of problems in these foul weather days.
A friend of mine who farms poultry in mid-Wales suddenly found his chicken-pens had been smashed by 80 mph gusts. His birds were without cover and standing in several inches of mud on what was once a green field.
He could not put off the repairs until the weather improved! So he and his family worked in horrible conditions making sure that the pens were sound and ensuring that his chickens did not come to harm while the work was being done.
“I had an extra spoonful of sugar in my cup of tea when we’d done the job,” he told me with a grin. Mercifully, none of his livestock was harmed and his egg-supply, which provides his family with a steady income, was not interrupted.
Of course, a new phrase has entered the Welsh vocabulary: “When are we going to get a rest from this weather?”. The answer is: “Nobody knows”. The weather-forecasters do as good a job as possible. But it seems to me that these days they can’t forecast as far ahead as they used to with any accuracy.
I speak with older folk as I travel about our lovely land and they seem to agree that, in their youth, weather-forecasts were extremely accurate.
That would indicate that conditions in Wales and on the planet have changed radically. I heard a scientist on the radio this week telling us (with permission of our London masters, I suppose!) that we are in the midst of Climate Crisis. Further, that Crisis has been caused by two major factors: natural climate-change which happens in cycles, and the damage humankind has done to the planet over the last hundred years or so.
When I hear news like that, I wonder just what we can do to help the situation. Is it too late for us to become thriftier, to recycle more? Should we stop having so many children? Do we need to use our cars at every conceivable opportunity?
Perhaps Wales – where communities are still strong and supportive – should point the way for the world to help itself. I reckon we who live in this special land could do that.
I trust that you have prepared your home and yourself for any emergency which may suddenly arise for any reason.
Oh – and I don’t think the storms is the vengeance of any deity for us allowing gay-marriages!
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