Winter Isn’t Winter

My ideal winter

A mixture of colours,

With plenty of glow.

Winter is passing,

But still there’s no snow.

With later sunsets

That gently progress.

I’d hoped for a blanket

Of snowy whiteness.

As temperatures blossom

Much warmer than the norm.

I handle the weather

But long for a snow storm.

Just a sprinkling of snow

For a short day or two.

And then I’ll be happy

And let Spring shine through.

Cold Without Snow

Why Is Winter Not Sparkling White?

When I studied my Geography degree I focused on environmental subjects alongside glaciology. It is fair to say that snow and ice has always fascinated me.

So the lack of snow in Eastern England is really irritating me.

Obviously, I blog about climate change and know what that involves. Warming temperatures naturally lead to less wintry weather and generally more rain throughout the year.

Winter is becoming more about rain and flooding, instead of traditional snow flurries and frosty gardens.

What Irritates Me?

Well, for me, the weather which we do now have in winter is generally cloudy, murky and chilly. Lots of rain and wind has replaced the beautiful snowy periods that I remember from growing up in the 1980s.

I would love to go back to weeks of snow, sledding down local hills and warming by a heater, looking out at a white village.

So yes, it feels dull to just have grey days and darker afternoons. I would much rather see snow flurries and enjoy a walk in the crisp, fresh snow just after it has fallen.

Do you miss the snow or is it still a regular feature where you live?

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The Enfield Haunting – Theatre Review

I am a massive West End theatre fan and missed watching shows during the Covid period. Now I am back in the swing of things and absolutely loving live theatre once more.

This week I was pleased to go to one of the West End’s smallest theatres to see a version of ‘The Enfield Haunting.’

‘The Enfield Haunting’ Review

I knew that the Enfield Hauntings were a News event in 1977, just before I was born. It was intriguing to see how the writer, Paul Unwin, decided to represent such a chilling story of a family affected by a poltergeist.

I was not disappointed.

Peggy was played by the incredibly funny Catherine Tate (Dr Who/ The US Office). In this production she combined moments of real drama and sadness with occasional one-liners. She was a superb fit for this role and was supported by ‘Shameless’ actor David Threlfall as Maurice, a supernatural investigator.

On this occasion the play was just 75 minutes long but this length felt appropriate and satisfying.

Peggy had two daughters and one son, with an ex-husband lurking in the background. Holding her household together, she had enough on her plate, without all the media coverage about her potentially haunted home.

All of the children were played well. A feisty daughter was matched by one who played possesed very well indeed.

The script was a mix of poignant, sharp and funny. Special effects were used for the haunted moment and the pitch black theatre really drew the audience in.

And Finally…

This was one of the best theatre shows I have seen in ages. I tend to watch a range of musicals and dramas but this one really performed well.

A highlight for me was getting to meet Catherine Tate again. She was lovely and we recalled the last time I met her when George Michael also came out of the stage door. She told me that he had been late and they had to hold the curtain for him that night in 2008.

If you get to see one show in London this winter, I would definitely suggest checking out ‘The Enfield Haunting.’

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