Thursday, 25 December 2008
Dreaming of a white Christmas
No, that's not snow, although one place on the island is experiencing a white Christmas. Those white blobs are simply raindrops from a particularly heavy shower here tonight reflecting the camera's flashlight. The rain is welcome after a very dry summer, but I hate it when you have to shout to be heard above the clatter of rain on the roof. Don't anyone bother phoning me tonight, you won't hear me and I certainly won't hear you!
I'm sure I'll garner little sympathy from those on the mainland, but this was the coldest Christmas I've experienced since, er, last year, which was the first I spent back in the UK for 12 years. Setting aside last year, I can't remember a colder Christmas day since I arrived in Hawai`i. It didn't get above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) here all day. Brrrr! Imagine the terrible discomfort and inconvenience - no Christmas sunbathing this year!
As I write this thunderstorms are everywhere although fortunately none too close - these days I'm very nervous when it comes to thunder as the house has been struck several times over the last three or four years, and it's a thoroughly unpleasant experience, I can tell you. I can hear thunder and see lightning to the north over Hilo, it sounds and looks as though the coast north of here is being pounded. The worst of the storm is yet to come though - I might find myself under the bed with the cats if the lightning gets bad overnight!
I hope everyone had a good Christmas day.