April showers in moderation are seasonal and expected but as I sit here the hailstones are battering my front windows and the trees at the back are almost bent over double with the gale-like wind that is thrashing and howling outside. The sky is as black as can be and, as we live on a slight incline, there is a deluge of water flowing past my house down to the bottom of the Close and creating a large pond of water. It's freezing and the heating has been switched up a notch.
This time last year we had exceptionally lovely weather and were getting ready for the Royal Wedding - and barbecues. Have we had our summer do you think in those beautiful sunny days back in January and February?
When we were children, many moons ago, the old saying "Ne'r cast a clout 'till May is out" was always a reminder that winter wasn't over yet and our mum would always insist on us keeping our cardigans on or not wearing summer sandals too early - for fear of catching a cold! Nowadays though we do tend to make the most of any good weather when it arrives - I for one foolishly packed away all my boots and heavy winter coats into our loft about a month ago. Mums always know best!