Sunday, 20 January 2013

I like weather

A fragment of dialogue from C S Lewis' That Hideous Strength:

We both like Weather. Not this or that kind of weather, but just Weather. It's a useful taste if one lives in England.' 'How ever did you learn to do that, Mr Denniston?' said Jane. 'I don't think I should ever learn to like rain or snow.' 'It's the other way round,' said Denniston. 'Everyone 
begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Haven't you ever noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children - and the dogs. They know what snow's made for.'

'I'm sure I hated wet days as a child,' said Jane. 'That's because the grown-ups kept you in,' said Camilla.  'Any child loves rain if it's allowed to go out and paddle in it.'

Doggy footprints heading for home!

 Dogs may know what snow's made for, but one of the few signs of Canis Minor's age (he was twelve on Christmas Day) is that he feels the cold more and is no longer quite so keen to walk or play in the snow - sadly, because I love long snowy walks, or an excuse to be in the garden. I love the feel of snowflakes and the creak of snow under my boots.

Prayer flags - prayers for those who have little reason to enjoy the snow, as well as thanks for wintry beauty.


  1. It's interesting about how kids love rain, splashing in puddles, etc. One day we were harvesting beans in the garden and got drenched in a downpour. Very refreshing, as is going barefoot in the grass. Maybe I'm just a kid at heart.

    1. Welcome, Barb! I like rain too (as long as I have somewhere warm to go to afterwards to get dry). Hope you stay a kid at heart - I intend to if I possibly can!

  2. Lovely, top to bottom. Thanks for the reminder...I'm way too "grownup" about weather, although I'd be delighted to be rained in for a week or two right now... (or snowed!) :/

    1. Thank you Kathleen. Good to see you here again! Wish I could send you some snow!


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