The weather for the latter half of 2012 can be characterised by one word: rain. The first half of the year was dry and the water authorities even issued a hosepipe ban. Almost as soon as it was issued, it began to rain, and it seems to have been raining ever since. We in London escaped the worst of it – as usual the West Country has had continuous reports of flooding. Even so, it has been pretty wet here, and the ground is sodden. But on New Year’s Day, 1 January, the Sun decided to shine and shone almost continuously so we went out at midday and had a brisk walk over to the heath, starting at Parliament Hill and then over to the tumulus.
Here is a photo of the view of the City from Parliament Hill. I have never seen so much mud in the foreground. I suspect that last night, New Year’s Eve there was probably a big crowd up here to see the New Year in and to watch the fireworks. We watched the fireworks from our upstairs window and there was certainly a fine display.
I hope there’s going to be some more sun in the New Year – global warming roll on. Politically the news so far in 2013 has been disappointing. America was supposed to fall over a fiscal cliff which would raise taxes, cut spending, and send America and probably the world into recession. I am sorry this did not happen, Governments around the world have overspent and must cut back, the sooner the better. I would rather have one year of a proper recession and then bounce back, rather than as I suspect have another 10 years of with no recession – but no growth either. I fear we are in for a gloomy 10 years. Still, I should not bring politics into what is meant to be a happy blog.