Get Those Winter Blues in Perspective


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We just love to talk about the weather, don’t we? And with the cold we’ve been experiencing, most of us have really been feeling the chill.

I know it’s tough just now, but the freeze is forecast to be on its way out and we might even be enjoying warmer weather by the time you read this. However, we were taking a look back into history and found a freeze that is well worth a mention, to put things in perspective.

Imagine, for example the 15-week freeze of 1407 to 1408.

From December 1407 until March 1408 the weather was so severe that trees were reported to be splitting and birds falling from the sky with the cold. People walked on the rivers across Europe and icebergs turned up in the North Sea and the English Channel. Ships froze in the harbours and people across the Western world might have been able to walk across their local river, but they could not rely upon any transport to move goods and people across land or sea.

We may be struggling but imagine it being that cold for the ordinary peasant who would be lucky to have a solid roof over his head.

The exact temperatures are not known for that decade but the coldest for Wales was recorded one night in Denbighshire in 1981. On 13 December that year it is reported to have fallen to -22.7C. Interestingly, in August 1990 the highest temperature was recorded at 35.2C.

Methinks, we could do with a little of that to ease our bones a bit tonight.

We know it’s cold now, but we urge you lovely people to remember, this will pass. Nothing lasts for ever.

If you are feeling the pressure and it all looks too gloomy, it might be useful to remember that even before Christmas became our winter festival in the West, we humans struggled with winter and took this time to break out the edibles and drinkables, keep as warm as possible, celebrate life as best as possible, and gather together.

Some of us may be struggling and fearful of the future, but we can take care of ourselves, seek support if we need it and remember spring will soon be here.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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