Weather You Like ME or Not ...

The shift in the weather has been sudden this year in the ME.  

No, this isn't Doha.  This is a pic from my friend's living room window in Northern New Brunswick on April 1, 2014.  APRIL FIRST!!!!!!  Those are telephone and power lines in the background.  Having gone from that extreme to the harsh desert, I'm hopeful that some future assignment might see us halfway weather wise, maybe on the French Riviera or something!

No, this isn't Doha.  This is a pic from my friend's living room window in Northern New Brunswick on April 1, 2014.  APRIL FIRST!!!!!!  Those are telephone and power lines in the background.  Having gone from that extreme to the harsh desert, I'm hopeful that some future assignment might see us halfway weather wise, maybe on the French Riviera or something!

After surprisingly cool and pleasant temperatures extending from December to the beginning of April, we were greeted on Sunday with a steadily rising barometer, reaching up into the low 40s by mid-week (that's Celsius, in case there was any doubt).

No escaping it, summer is here.

No escaping it, summer is here.

Something tells me it's going to be a long, hot, humid summer in the ME.  Doha skies like the ones below, a welcome sight in March, are likely a thing best forgotten for the next seven months or so.

Rare Doha skies in winter, slightly reminiscent of Atlantic Canadian summer skies.

Rare Doha skies in winter, slightly reminiscent of Atlantic Canadian summer skies.

We are fast approaching the months where it's too HOT to swim, ride a bike, ride a motorcycle, play tag or even walk outdoors.

Almost time to put these babies away ... (not my wheels BTW ... I don't ride)

Almost time to put these babies away ... (not my wheels BTW ... I don't ride)

Within a few months, the only respite we'll have from the heat will be the air conditioned indoors and memories of cooler climates.

It's those very 'heated' Doha moments that make me feel like 'cool' is more than just a generation away, and that make me so very happy not all our trips are "beachy".  

Like our most recent trip to London for Spring Break.

It's nice to have a not-so-distant memory of cool, damp and stormy.  

Smilin' Vic and Kiddo strolling in London in early April ...

Smilin' Vic and Kiddo strolling in London in early April ...

My sister and her hubby joined us from Canada on rainy strolls through the streets of London.

My sister and her hubby joined us from Canada on rainy strolls through the streets of London.

So nice to have recent memories of enjoying the "toasty-warm" of indoors.  

Does anyone else feel like singing "Hallelluiah!" when they look at this pic?  A nice glass of red really warms the insides on a damp and cold spring day.  (@ Cheshire Cheese, London, England)

Does anyone else feel like singing "Hallelluiah!" when they look at this pic?  A nice glass of red really warms the insides on a damp and cold spring day.  (@ Cheshire Cheese, London, England)

Or perhaps this is more heart-warming to some?  (@ Cheshire Cheese, London, England)

Or perhaps this is more heart-warming to some?  (@ Cheshire Cheese, London, England)

I dare say the hot days of summer are here.  Slow, lethargic days.  Weather we like it or not, summer is here in the ME.

So I'll leave you with a few more pics of our trip ... (note that not ALL days were damp and gloomy).

Landing in London ...

Landing in London ...

Just out for a leisurely patrol ...

Just out for a leisurely patrol ...

Intriguing contrast ...

Intriguing contrast ...

View of St. Paul's Cathedral from Fleet St.

View of St. Paul's Cathedral from Fleet St.

Lighting a candle for my dad, God rest his soul.

Lighting a candle for my dad, God rest his soul.

Sacrifice commemorated ...

Sacrifice commemorated ...

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Mandatory sight-seeing break ...

Mandatory sight-seeing break ...

Ye Olde Pub Time ...

Ye Olde Pub Time ...

I love this place ... La Floridita has a real '50's gangster vibe.

I love this place ... La Floridita has a real '50's gangster vibe.

Yup!  We stayed here on our last night in London!  How does a desert dwelling Atlantic Canadian say "High Tea"?  Sounds something like "SOCIAL!!!!!"

Yup!  We stayed here on our last night in London!  How does a desert dwelling Atlantic Canadian say "High Tea"?  Sounds something like "SOCIAL!!!!!"

Directions from the Waldorf to "Matilda".

Directions from the Waldorf to "Matilda".

Afternoon matinee :-)

Afternoon matinee :-)

A 'Frank' you'll never forget ...

A 'Frank' you'll never forget ...

Christ Church in Oxford.

Christ Church in Oxford.

Oxford.

Oxford.

Oxford

Oxford

Oxford

Oxford

View from our flat in the evening. 

View from our flat in the evening.