Many of us have been having weird weather lately. Heavy snow in Tokyo, searing heat in Sydney, freezing conditions in DC, drought in California - and rain, rain, rain in England. Yesterday I was bustling to and fro in SE London and the weather was beautifully sunny, for a change- till I noticed that the sky was starting to look ominous in Bermondsey Street, SE1 .....
By the time I reached London Bridge, the heavens had opened.
But the funny thing was, the sun was still shining brightly, and it illuminated the raindrops and brollies, and made quite a remarkable sight.
A lot of people seemed to be quite enjoying sheltering and watching the storm
and even finding it fun, despite being whipped by wind too.
and the rain became increasingly violent.
This lady below had a fancy bunch of flowers to deliver, but told me she didn't want them to be beaten down by the water
and only stepped out as the rain began to diminish
The sun continued the shine, and soon, it won the battle with the rain,
the umbrellas disappeared, and people set off again on their daily business.
I went back to Bermondsey Street, where the sun reflected on the rain sodden buildings in wonderful pastel colours, more like a painting than a photo - the image is not retouched
Soon everyone was out and about again as if nothing had happened ....
And the flowers under the big old tree in the park were happy - they love all this rain.
I hope your weather isn't causing you too many problems, and that you'll have a good week!
PS I didn't get around to posting on Valentine's as I have been rushing around like a headless chicken, as they say. I had intended to post this song, as it is special in our family. It was written for one of my daughters by her partner (who is NOT the singer, Lee Ryan). I'd like to say it came out on Valentines day but it didn't, he wrote it for her when they first met. They are still together and happy. I suppose I'm biased, even though it wasn't written for me, but it's one of my favourite love songs, so tender and melodious.
I am so sorry that I didn't get around to posting it on the correct day, but even though it's not Valentine's any more, I hope you can share it with a loved one, either in everyday life or in the heart!