Thursday, December 04, 2014

How's the Weather?

Our winter is making a slow and bouncy start. We had some snow ... it melted. We had some rain ... it turned to ice. The days have been rather bleak with that annoying half light that makes the entire day seem like it's perpetually 4:00 p.m. Dark. Dreary. And on that happy note, I thought you might enjoy this poem written by someone who was obviously fed up with the weather. I found it in my Dad's desk and wrote it out. I remember my Dad reciting this poem verbatim for many years in his best Yorkshire accent, so it was a rather nostalgic find. When I read it to Dad I could see his lips remembered the words, but not his mind. He did remember the final line, however, which was oft quoted around our house on a drizzly day.

Judging by the descriptions of the weather, I'm pretty sure this was written by a Brit. Here in Canada we only have two weather variances ... freezing cold for eight months, and sweltering hot for four.

Just for the record, this is last year's snow.

April brings the sweet spring showers
On and on for hours and hours.

Austere and kindly May
Frost by night and hail by day.

June just rains and never stops
Thirsty days that spoil the crops.

In July the sun is hot
Is it shining? No, it's not.

August, cold and dank and wet,
Brings more rain than any yet.

Bleak September's mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood.

Then October adds a gale,
Wind and slush and rain and hail.

Dark November brings the fog,
Should not do it to a dog.

Bleak December with wintry wind
Would though wert not so unkind.

January brings the snow
Makes your feet and fingers glow.

February's ice and sleet
Freeze the toes right off your feet.

Freezing, wet, blustery March, 
                                        then ...
Bloody April again!

author unknown

Hope you enjoyed it :)



  1. Haha! And to think that I love Yorkshire! I must've been there at all the right times. The weather where you live in Canada sounds just like ours here in NW Wisconsin. :-) That's a fun poem, thanks.

  2. Hello Wendy,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful poem, and your stunning photos. You know I love trees.


  3. Sounds like when I lived in Scotland!
    Jane x

  4. Ha! I have to say, it was July that made me laugh out loud :)
    Like you, I've been having rollercoaster weather lately. We had a couple of days warm enough to turn much of last week's heavy snowfall into slush and mud, and now it's frozen into ice. Right now a priority task is fetching a load of lumber anytime it isn't actually raining, so that's high on my list for this very cold day. Unloading and carrying each 10' board from the driveway to the other side of the house over frozen mud will be...interesting!

  5. That poem nailed it! HA! Loved that one friend! And I have no idea what our weather is doing here...cold but no snow in a bit in these parts! Beautiful shots up there!! Nicole xoxo

  6. Wendy, that sounds such like here in the UK, and yes I agree with seem to have that dull light which makes it constantly feel later, and makes me feel tired. At least the Festive lights make things look prettier.XX
    PS love the snow picturesx

  7. I enjoyed the poem so much !!

  8. That made me chuckle thank you for sharing Wendy it does sound just about right for us here in the north of England. :) xx

  9. I'll never complain anymore about the coldness here !!! It's warm compare to your weather !!!! I'm impressed !! Good luck and thanks for sharing this funny poem .... have a lovely day !

  10. I really like that poem. Are you sure he didn't write it himself? :) It's pouring rain here today, very un-desert-like weather, but I'm enjoying it a lot. :)

  11. As you know I love poetry, and I was intrigued by these words as they were so atmospheric in their descriptions of the different months. After some digging around, I have found that your Dad's words are a slightly misquoted version of "A Song of The Weather" by Michael Flanders which is itself a comic variation on Sara Coleridge's poem "January Brings the Snow". Your Dad remembered it all pretty well all told I think. I enjoyed finding a new poem and finding a bit more about it, so thank you and your Dad very much for that. xx

  12. Thankyou for sharing Wendy, the poem is pretty spot on!

  13. Cute poem.. I assume rainy weather is common in England? Pretty snowy scenes.. Enjoy your weekend!

  14. Wendy,
    Even though I didn't ever hear your Father's voice, I could clearly here a male reciting this poem.
    The cadence is great-a few years back I took a British Lit class and we focused alot on Robert Burns-this reminds me of his works. I like it and I love your photos!
    Stay warm and I am looking forward to seeing your Moose photos framed and maybe a white frosted Tree too-us women always have the right to change our minds:)
    Warm Hugs,

  15. lovely post! i now the feeling here in holland is the same...nice poem..blessings friend!


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