The Good life


          I used to follow a blog from a very cold climate with a short number of summer months, and an even shorter number of winter daylight hours, I haven’t heard anything from that direction in a long while, but one thing I remember well is something the lady used to say often… “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”

          Weymouth seems to have its own microclimate, while the rest of Britain had its first day of the recent snow troubles, we were deprived of our snowman material and instead forced to suffer 8°, blue skies and sunshine.

          Seriously though, the move south and the few extra degrees of higher temperatures has worked wonders on my aches and pains, and as for the air quality, well, I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone, it’s so easy to breathe here.

          The only thing I didn’t forsee was the wind.

          My umbrella stand has found itself a position near the front door with a selection of yellow and orange umbrellas standing in it and just by standing there it makes me smile so it can stay. (Brolly base)  However, the rain in Weymouth is very often horizontal in nature so unless your umbrella is of Mary Poppins quality it’s not going to be of much use. 

          I walk to work, I do just four days out of seven now, and even then only about three-quarter length shifts, but I still walk, in all weathers.  The walk is about half hour long, although I usually allow forty-five minutes so that I can admire the flowers or waves, depending on which route I take … and grab a quick cuppa when I arrive. 

          I’ve invested in a rain coat – not quite a “top of the market” one, but a very good impression of that style. I wouldn’t look at all out of place striding around the stables in any sort of winter weather.  My coat is waterproof, but a lot more “light weight”, which suits my lack of physical ability well, and of course, instead of wearing a pair of high-class riding boots, I’ve got my pretty wellies (Wedding fodder)  for when I need them.

          My coat came complete with a detachable hood.  The neck does up tightly under the chin with a zip and poppers and the hood does up snuggly over that. Of course, I’ve detached the hood and bought a hat, much less practical, but much more me.

          I pulled my coat and hat on after work the other day and one of my new colleagues said it was “very me”. She said she could imagine me as a sort of “Barbara Good” type of person.

          I think I’ll take that as a compliment.


          More from before: Semi-retirement by the seaside in “Weymouth

11 thoughts on “The Good life

  1. What an adorable photo — and in that outfit you really do look like you could weather just about anything Mother Nature doles out. Pity that in spite of your preparations you’re being forced to endure mild temps and sunshine, though. 😉

  2. Hallysann, your’s truly is looking for a good waterproof coat something like the one you’ve just bought >>> if you don’t mind me asking, where did you buy it and how much was it???? Is three-quarter length, and is it truly waterproof??? Any details will be most useful!!! A 🙂

    • I bought it online, mine’s a ladies coat but if you search “Sherwood Ragley” on Amazon, they have gents coats in the same style too.
      I’m very happy with mine, it does what it says on the box and is waterproof, the one thing I would say though is as you get hot your own moisture gets trapped inside so when you take it off, turn the sleeves inside out so they can air before you wear it again. 😀

  3. We moved south from Northants to Sussex, and there was an identifiable change in the weather. And the forecasts seem surprisingly unreliable. I think it’s something to so with being sandwiched between the Surrey Hills and the South Downs. A daily walk, not to work any longer, but to fetch the paper is part of the rhythm of life for me. There’s always something subtly different to see.

    • I still have a good few years of Semi-retirement before I can reach actual retirement, but I love walking, not that I’m doing much recreational walking at the moment, I’m still putting all my spare energy into making the house nice while I’m still able.
      We’re quite lucky with the weather for casting here, they usually get it right, but not always on time as the winds blow the weather around. 😊

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