Monday, 22 November 2010

Emotional Weather Report



Over the past year or so I’ve become internet chums with a lot of Australian and New Zealand bloggers. We’ve met via blogs, Twitter and through the launch of the book I wrote with Emma Kaufmann, which is published over there. It’s been a great experience getting to know these women but  today the full magnitude of what our relationship really means for me hit home. On the very day Aberdeenshire was issued with a severe weather warning promising sub zero temperatures and snow blizzards I am bombarded with Aussie complaints about the heat. “Summer’s barely here and it’s raging hot” they’ll say. “Kids are gearing up for summer holidays” they’ll also say. “to barbecue or not to barbecue” they’ll say. I’ve a feeling winter is going to be extra difficult for me this year...I have severe weather envy.

I’m currently sitting my dining room typing this with my coat on. Really. Outside the garden is sodden and the rain is dingin’ doon. Last night both my cats came in from outside completely soaked and tried to get under the bed covers with me and my husband. Ugh! My dog has to be shut in the porch for an hour every time we come back from a walk to let the mud dry so that he won’t slither about my house wrecking it like a hairy hippo.

Yes, I know British people are obsessed with the weather but North Eastern Scots are in a different league. We've got about 50 words for rain alone. 

I have had three separate face to face conversations with folk in passing about the weather already today. My dentist The Tooth Jockey told me at length how concerned he is about  driving to Dumfries on Friday in the snow- normally he says next to nothing to me. My next door neighbour simply muttered some expletives when I mentioned the weather, and the wifie in the local shop was going off on one about “nae haein’ ony kind o’ a summer this year”. She’s right, we didn’t. I just couldn’t agree with her because my fluency in the local language is wanting. I try it and I sound like an American actor trying to do an Irish accent kind of like Brad Pitt in that IRA movie, or groundskeeper Willie in the Simpsons.

Then I had an online  transworld conversation with Cate in New Zealand who told me that just once she’d love to have a White Christmas. So I looked this video out that might make Cate smile but might also make the rest of us cheer up about the impending blizzards. This was the highlight of Meeester’s year last year- the Snowplough Catastrophe. This video comes after a vigil of over an hour when my husband and erstwhile on the spot reporter, Meeester M on spying a snowplough getting stuck in a verge, hung about taking photos and generally being a right pest. He did offer to help, but he only had a cocker spaniel with him, and well, he’s a strong boy but we didn’t want to break him. I think the driver just wanted him to F off.

In the end a DADDY snowplough had to come and rescue the poor guy. But I kid you not I got over 10 photos and text messages sent to me from the scene as Meeester M excitedly kept me up to date with developments. It's your ultimate Tonka Toy dream! And he got one of his photos of the fiasco published in the local press, which must have pleased the snowplough driver no end. No anonymity for him then.

Here’s the crescendo of the experience. Man, it’s like watching Sky News! (but sideways..sorry- his fault)


video


 Note- this was at the end of over an HOUR of Meeester M hanging about the scene trying to be inconspicuous.

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18 comments:

vegemitevix said...

So funny! I've been feeling weird about the weather Twitter convos this morning too. On the weekend we had to despatch ourselves to the shopping mall to get out of the cold. It reminded me of doing exactly the same to get out of the heat in Brisbane and in Auckland. I remember encountering new emigrants in The Warehouse in Auckland. They were from Scotland and were completely agog as I bought up large on sunscreen and boogie boards for Santa's stash. Just hope the bloody weather doesn't thwart our attempts to go home to NZ/Aust for the holidays - http://www.vegemitevix.com/2010/11/the-best-laid-plans/

billythekid said...

Heh, GO Sonny!!!

the tomahawk kid said...

Can you recommend an osteopath?

I seem to have developed a crick in my neck all of a sudden...

London City Mum said...

Very funny.

Only a boy would think of filming something like that. Sideways.

LCM x

Lattes and funk said...

One of the funniest things about winter for me is when wee dogs come in from playing about in the snow and they have little snowballs stuck to their bellies :D

Donaldo said...

Which is fine till they crawl into your lap. And thaw out.

All 50kg of them!

Very Bored in Catalunya said...

Sideways filming is so going to be the next big (yen) thing.

Oh and is Willie from the Simpson's not really Scottish?

Sarah said...

Willie's meant to be from Aberdeen. But which of the world's 30 odd Aberdeens is not clear...

Steve said...

Oh. My. God. Here in the UK we're moaning about mists and icy winds. We're just big sassanach wussies.

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

The commenters who don't mention the crick in their neck obviously couldn't be arsed clicking on the video - you now know who's speed reading!

I went to Aberdeen airport once - my hubby was working in Elgin. It was a bit nippy.

Ellen Arnison said...

Today I was putting in a guest appearance with the stv website crew (writing about slebs and getting paid for it = great gig) when Sean Batty bounded into the office. He was brimming with excitement about the forthcoming blimey-it's-cold-out spell. Now there's a man who can talk about the weather all day.. and he does.

Cate said...

Haha - too funny. Am I'd still like to experience a white Christmas -for a day or so maybe...then it's back to the prawns on the barbie followed by a slice of pav :-)

Wish you were here???

bigwords is... said...

You can video tape anything sideways as long as someone with a HOT SCOT accent is commentating!! I would love to experience a white xmas. I must say I do like prawns and beer on a hot sumer's day too! x

EmmaK said...

Yeah while icy UK winter rain is generally something to commit suicide to snow can be fun - we had about six feet here back in February and we were snowed in and had to talk to our neighbours and drink a lot of hot chocolate. That said if I were you I'd be booking a mini break to the Maldives about now.

anna said...

hey there, like your blog, I had just posted my thoughts on missing out on a Scottish xmas again and all that lovely cold weather when I read your post. i feel better now, you reminded me how crap a cold wet winter can be!!!!

Heather said...

weather envy, I know it well! I think I'd quite enjoy a hot sunny Christmas every now and then...

Modern Military Mother said...

The Aussie weather envy is totally valid, I was in Oz for Christmas four years ago and it was awesome. Love the Scottish commentary too - even with the sideways head!!

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

Not to rub salt in the wound, but we've got some pretty kickass weather over here right now too. We even had to use the air conditioning this weekend. But on the other hand, it's so hot in these Texas summers that I'd pretty much rather die than go outside. And we really have fried eggs on our sidewalk. Cuz we're classy like that yo.