Four Seasons In One Day

I don’t know about where you live, but people in Northern Ireland love to talk about the weather. Or rather, complain about the weather. Whenever there is a lull in the conversation, you always have the failsafe option of looking out the window and commenting on the prevailing conditions. There’s also so much to discuss as two days are rarely the same. Or one day for that matter.

Northern Ireland is a country where you can experience all four seasons in one day. If you wake up to blue skies and sunshine, you can guarantee there will be driving sleet and howling gales by mid-morning. Consequently, confusion reigns as to what to wear. There’s no such thing as a winter or summer wardrobe. Yesterday I was in a t-shirt but today it’s a hooded top. With the hood up.

This leads to some interesting sights. Belfast city centre sets the standard. The first glimpse of the big yellow ball in the sky and pasty skinned youths insist on parading topless around the town, usually accompanied by a two litre bottle of cheap cider. Their lady friends also throw caution to the wind, topping up their false tans in outfits that leave little to the imagination. Put it away, dear, nobody wants to see that.

I’ll stick to my hooded tops. I’m a man of a certain vintage and nobody wants to see my bare flesh. I’ll avoid the sun-worshiping hordes and stick to the shadows. For we all know, the hailstones will be bouncing off the pavement before too long as random pedestrians are picked up Mary Poppins style and whisked off across the city skyline by an unforgiving squall. Hoping the weather is a little less temperamental where you are today.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

17 thoughts on “Four Seasons In One Day

  1. Ah yes!! Come to Montana sometime for a visit. No matter the time of year you will want to pack a winter coat, hat, and mittens! There are two months out of the year (July and August) I dare travel a bit lighter and only pack my hat and mittens in addition to my lighter down jacket long pants, sweatshirts, rain gear, shorts, long sleeve shirts, and sweaters.! We like to say it keeps the permanent population down – which is how we like it here!

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    1. I’m a state over from you, and anytime outside of the dead of winter we often talk about how if you don’t like the weather you can wait five minutes or walk five miles!

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  2. Generally, in GA, we have “sprummer,” “sall,” and one week of winter. People mostly complain about the humidity, and our one week of winter.

    This year we had what I called “sprall;” it absolutely refused to warm up and we had a freeze warning in May. 😳


  3. Ah yes, the sunshine in the morning, hail at lunch, and heavy cloud with a side of buffeting wind in the evening! We Wellingtonians know this well!

    Also, I love the use of the word squall. This was the name of one of the ultimate frisbee teams I used to play on, as we were based in Wellington!


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