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its september

2 Sep

london 8.46pm 18C monday 2019

its surprisingly traffic free when i went to chinatown via parliament square, by bus today. it was about 1.30pm, so lunch time, and usually it would be jammed pack with traffic and lots of people on the pavements and on parliament square itself, but today it was  relatively empty, of both traffic and people. it was really nice to see the roads so clear of traffic and the bus making its way so swiftly. i suppose this week is the lull before the hordes next week go back to school and/or come back from their holidays abroad.

schools are still on holiday until next week, so that might account for it. those parents making the school run really do make a difference it seems.

but i wonder if it is also  the tail end of the tourist peak period, when the numbers of tourists taper off as autumn approaches, not to mention they too need to go back to school, or in the case of france, back to work.

i read that paris empties out over august , so much so that businesses shut down in august. i cannot imagine that happening in london, thank goodness. haha. to me it is already irritating  that they shut down for a few hours right at the peak hours of lunchtime, in spain, but i bet they do it in france too. haha. i would find it intolerable if they shut down for a month. you would think they do business for their own convenience and not for the customers.

but here in london, the tesco in trafalgar square was jammed pack with office workers buying their lunch. i went in to see if they sell the 25p celery, and they do, so that was what i bought. haha. i was a bit dubious about buying just one item, and joining the crowd going to pay, and having to queue up a long time to pay, but  the queue for the self service tills was very fast, so hardly any waiting, even though so many were buying.

i went to the chinese grocery stores and they were quiet. not sure if it is a monday, which might explain them having no long queues. the housewife maekrua oyster sauce 600mg was selling for £1.70, when last time i bought it(about 4mths ago) was £2.29. (in fact, only this supermarket, seewoo, was selling it so cheap, everyone else was selling it at the usual price of £2.65)it was not near its sell by date, which makes it even more puzzling. in fact, according to the label, it was bottled in feb 2019, and sell by date in 2021. quite a bargain price really. 

this time the trees are really heralding autumn, they are shedding their leaves already,and turning brown a lot more now. 

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its not really cold yet, even though at about 20C highest temp today you might think it is cold. out of the wind, you would not notice it even. it is a comfortable temperature in my flat, and i have no heating on. in fact, i was surprised when i read a blog just now  of a woman who lives in south london saying she had to put her heating on today. i think her flat is seriously badly insulated or have rising damp, for her to feel cold now. 

lovely shade of pastel

7 Nov

london 14.2C rain wednesday 2018

when i report what the weather is like, i just look out of my lounge window at the sky. so at first i put down cloudy…but it can be deceptive, because later it was only when i went to the kitchen to get a drink that i saw outside the kitchen window that the ground was wet. it has been raining. but such a misty sort of rain you cannot see it. 

it is very mild these few days… lowest temp today was at 6am 11.4C. lovely that it is so mild, though the leaves around here are all turning brown and yellow, so they are just getting on with it and not be fooled by the mild weather.

at green park when i passed it yesterday on the bus, there was just this wash of brown and yellow at tree height. we dont get vivid reds so the colours are not so dramatic but the yellows and browns still give a lovely wash of pastel shades to the scenery. 

you know how people go on holiday to get a change of scenery? well i am thinking i am having a change of scenery too but without moving anywhere. with the seasons the whole thing is changing round me with me staying where i am.

but of course u might argue it is the culture that will be different, and that is what u are wanting to experience when u travel … but some might argue that might change too, seeing the western culture is being exported world wide now and even remote areas and the people who live there now are being visibly influenced by their exposure to western ways.


mild november

2 Dec

london 11.29am 13.3C cloudy wednesday

my perception that november was very mild has been confirmed by the record.

the times gave this as the dullest november, meaning very little sun. but verymild, being the third mildest on record, just behind 1994 and 2011. i cannot say i have noticed the lack of sunshine. but then i am not affected by it. i think if it had been cold i would have noticed the lack of sunshine, but as it was, the cloud kept the temperature higher. we all know if there is cloud, it is warmer. whilst a cloudless sky cause temperature to plunge. 

falling leaves

5 Nov

london 2.53pm rain 15.1C thursday 2015

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Digital StillCamera

quite a lot of leaves have dropped now from the trees that line the streets where i live.

have you seen leaves when they fall? it is a very nice feeling to walk under the trees and watch the wind shake the leaves down. sometimes there is only one, and you see it flutter down, twisting , sometimes, or just floating down, other times a few more leaves fall together and all of them doing their individual dance as they go down; and so as u walk along the avenue of trees, you see this show, languid and slow, with the ground deep in leaves, that u can kick along as you walk, crunching them as you go. 

hottest day in november in uk

1 Nov

london 10.33pm 11.2C highest 18C

The UK’s November temperature record has been broken, with 22.4C (72.3F) being reached in mid Wales.

The temperature was recorded in Trawsgoed, Ceredigion, on Sunday afternoon.

The previous record was also in Wales, where temperatures reached 21.7C (71.1F) in Prestatyn in 1946.

fog in london made it cooler, so we got 18C highest temp.

can’t say it felt any warmer than usual. with clothes, the temperature of the air is not very noticeable. clothes keep me warm whatever the air temperature.

most places in the world would not think of 22C as that warm. haha. but taken in the context of it being november, which is the start of the cold season, it is worthy of note i suppose.  i think if there is a stiff breeze blowing we wont even notice it and just feel cold. haha. but today it has been windless.

all these seasonal changes make for a bit of variety in our lives. that is the nice thing about living in temperate climates. and also changes in food, as different things start coming into season and other foods leaving it. and lots of people like changing their summer clothes for warmer clothes.

i just have a thought, do u think places that dont have seasons make up for it by creating festivals just to bring in variety. so the chinese create moon cake festivals, etc, and the indians all those religious festivals celebrating one god/goddess or another. all for the sake of injecting some variety in their lives. 

autumn leaf

24 Oct

london 1.17pm 14.1C cloudy saturday 2015 sunrise 7.39am bst sunset 5.49pm bst

i saw this leaf on the ground near my place. it fell from a tree with very colourful colour changes on its leaves. usually the london plane trees that line the road here dont go red , but just yellow when they die. this one is unusual. is it a maple tree, maybe?

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its only now that i see the trees turning colour. but it isn’t cold yet. tomorrow we change the clocks, going back 1hr. mornings now are rather dark, but tomorrow we will get brighter mornings. 

added 25.10.15 saw this in the bbc online. to see if u can identify a tree from its leaf. i got 6/10 right. which surprised me because i was guessing most of the time. haha.

first day of autumn, or so they say

23 Sep

london 4.36pm cloudy with sunny spells 17C wednesday 2015

google got a new doodle which reminds me today is the autumn equinox. so they said it is the first day of autumn. i always used to think it is the 21st but it is not so. even then, if u look at the chart below, it is still not yet exactly 12hrs. tomorrow is shorter still, and it might take another 2days before it equals 12hrs. i have given up trying to understand why it is the way it is. haha. 

if u look outside or look around you there is nothing to tell u autumn is starting. the trees are still green and not shedding much leaves. at least in london. there are even roses in bloom so i dont think we will feel it is autumn until much later, at the time when the clocks change, (oct25th this year) i think.

but then living in the city, i think we are insulated a bit from the changes of the season. there are no blackberry bushes around here so we dont get to see or harvest blackberries.

there is an apple tree nearby, and it is laden with red apples but they are small and i am not sure if they are edible. i think the plant is grown as an ornamental tree. they will litter the ground and cause a mess. more work for the poor road sweeper. haha. as if leaves are not a bother allready.

but not living in a farm, we city folks dont really notice these seasonal changes. i am glad of it, because all the roads in the city are paved and so there is no muddy tracks that clog up the shoes every time we go out. we dont realise how it is a real bother to clean the shoes not to mention they get so heavy  as the mud accummulates. just because we dont have to contend with mud, we forget how bothersome they can be. imagine trying to keep a flat clean if every time you go out u bring in lots of mud when u come back.

sometimes i am reminded of a london that is muddy in olden days. some houses have a small hole in the support at the bottom of their steps, with a iron grate to scrap the mud off the shoes and boots. 

Sep. 24, 2015 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:49 AM BST 6:55 PM BST
Length of Day
12h 06m
Tomorrow will be 3m55s shorter.
Sep. 23, 2015 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:47 AM BST 6:57 PM BST
Length of Day
12h 09m
Tomorrow will be 3m56s shorter