I Don’t Want To Hear It

After the heavy rain yesterday, I went out with Ollie. It was still drizzling a little, and looking dark and cloudy. Wandering around our usual haunts, I met a few dog-walkers. Being English, we naturally discussed the weather.

I mentioned to one lady that the weather was miserable, and she replied.
“But it’s good for the garden”.

Sometime later I saw a man I see every day. He mentioned that I was carrying an umbrella, and reminded me that more heavy rain was forecast to arrive later.
As he walked off, he turned and said,
“It’s good for the garden though”.

With the clouds descending again, and the temperature dropping, I walked one more circuit, before heading for home. On the way I saw a lady with two dogs. She also noted my umbrella, and looked up at the sky. In my mind, I was pleading ‘Don’t say it!’ But she did.
“Good for the garden at least”.

It has been raining heavily all night, and later this morning I have to take Ollie out, with more rain forecast.

If you happen to see me over on Beetley Meadows, please, please do not say “It’s good for the garden”.

I don’t care if it’s good for the garden. It is June, and I want some summer!

83 thoughts on “I Don’t Want To Hear It

  1. Lot’s of laughs. Two months is all I remember. April-June nothing but rain. Then, July and August, and maybe a week into September. Then more rain, clouds, wind, wind, wind, hail, etc., until July.
    Ah, but those lush green – – – of yours! HA!
    Enjoy your day tomorrow. I hope it’s sunny! xxx

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  2. I am unlikely to see you, but I’ll remember. It was funny, because every time I went back to the UK after going home for a holiday, everybody would tell me that the weather had been good while I was away, to the point that I wondered if it was me. I guess not, as I’ve been away for a few years now. Here’s to hoping that it gets better soon.

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  3. I am sitting here looking at my very dry garden and hoping for a downpour. Usually we get short, hard showers. It was the long dreary, cold grey days of an English summer I didn’t like. But sometimes England has brilliant summers…I think…

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    1. We occasionally get a ‘perfect summer’, and they are notable, so remembered. But this year is not only cloudy and wet, it is also much colder. It is just 6pm here, and already dull enough in the house to have the lights on. And it is only 12C too.
      Midsummer’s Day is on the 21st of June, in just 15 days. 😦
      (How long have you lived in America?)
      Best wishes, Pete.


          1. Well only because I was able to become dual and because for what it was worth I decided I ought to be able to vote. The year I returned to boarding school in Devon was the coldest winter for decades and I got dreadful chillblains!

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  4. A little white cloud passed over Las Vegas. Crowds formed beneath the cloud, begging for a raindrop. The cloud responded:
    “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin’ to? You talkin’ to me? Well, I’m the only cloud here!”

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    1. They don’t like using their hoses, because we have water meters here. So using the hoses for a long time will push up the bill. That’s why they love to let the rain do it!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Rain makes the grass grow and then we have to mow it. Our garden is getting too much for me – full of ivy and bindweed.Also, we need new garden chairs if we are going to sit out there. The present ones are too flimsy to get out of. I hate getting old.

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    1. I can relate to that, Julie. I get someone in to do the ‘heavy gardening’, but I can’t bring myself to pay someone to mow the lawns. It might come to that though.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  6. I can relate. We’ve had a miserable cold and rainy spring in the Pacific NW, and so far June has not been any better. Unlike you, I don’t have a dog to walk so I don’t get to participate in the rain quite as much as you do. Hopefully it won’t be long before we get a real summer on both sides of the pond!

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  7. Bet the farmers are pleased…
    It’s been good here though (currently East London). Apart from Sunday, the rain has mostly been at night and the days have been dry (although I need wellies for the forest with the dogs).

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  8. Maybe you can have both, Pete .. miserable hot clear weather and nice gardens as well. Nature has a way of balancing things out. Does Ollie have a rain jacket or is he like most doggies and just endures the weather? It never occurred to me that England might have sunny days … I have always had this vision that England was cool and damp and foggy most of the time … but I have no way of really knowing …never been there .. would love to go there …my ancestry began there in Dover.

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    1. I have slightly altered Robert Browning’s famous poem, Liz.

      ‘Oh, to be in England Now that Summer’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England – now!!’

      Robert forgot to mention the rain!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. It sounds to me like its been raining cats & DOGS.

    It makes a change from the 70th REIGN

    What is the Queens favorite kind of precipitation? HAIL

    What’s the difference between the Queens horse and the Beetley weather? One is reined up, in Beetley it rains down.

    What do you call it when it Norfolk when it rains turkeys? Fowl weather.

    Sorry Ollie. . . Why did Pete use ketchup in the rain. Because Pete thought Ollie a hot dog.

    with that Pete, would you like to bury me in the garden???

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  10. I know in this case, it’s probably a contradiction in terms, but that’s what we British are good at: always looking on the bright side! I can also empathise with how tiresome continual optimism can become: sometimes, I just want to scream: “just give me some realism!” πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Jon.

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