England’s Winter Miseries

When the English winter comes howling in.

I didn’t want to be in England over the Christmas Holidays, and I’d prefer not to be here right now either.  Next year I’m determined to spend a part of the winter in the sunshine.

Northern England in particular is a miserable place to be in winter.  Right now the temperature outside is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s still dark, there’s a strong wind, and a mixture of rain and wet snow is falling.  In the next couple of days the weather here is going to get much worse with 80 mph winds and a lot of snow expected.  The sea is vicious and cold.

Drivers are being warned to stay off the roads, and only to make the most essential journeys.  Our rail service is in chaos, and there are long flight delays at our airports.  We do not handle snow very well at all, and the high winds can actually blow over trucks.  Some of our most important bridges are closed.

There is an epidemic of a particularly nasty strain of the flu, (Aussie flu H3N2), which can be fatal in itself.  Influenza can lead to several other fatal illnesses; bronchitis, pleurisy, and pneumonia.   Our health service is overwhelmed; the hospitals are full and people are being advised not to visit their own doctors except in cases of an emergency.

The thing is,  the cold, damp, and dark English winter weather makes people prone to catching nasty winter diseases; colds, flue, bronchitis pleurisy, and pneumonia.

I had this Aussi flu just after Christmas, and I was very poorly for a couple of weeks.  High temperature, hacking cough, tiredness, aches and pains, headache, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, and an inability to eat ~ I have lost 10 lbs since Christmas.

Trust me, you don’t want to catch this Aussi flu.

Trust me, you don’t want to be in Northern England in winter either.


jack collier


12 responses

  1. I ‘m recovering . Aftermath of virus left fluid on my lung. Not strain my lung or I damage it. Least i’m Alive recovering sadly many normal young people are actual dieing from it. I’m getting better slowly .

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    1. You just look after yourself.


  2. it was 32 here yesterday, unusual for Florida. Eeeks, but up to 63 today, yay. Get well soon my friend ❤ hugs to you and the bear too ❤

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    1. Thank you, I am on the mend. 😊😊❤❤❤

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      1. good news indeed ❤

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  3. I’m so sorry you have been 🤒 sick. I’ve missed you.

    I like storms and winter….not wind! One of my very best friends is an EMT in S Cal and we text pix back and forth. She sends me sunshine and I send snow!

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    1. These days I prefer warm sunshine ~ less chance of my coming down with a cold or the flu. ❤

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      1. I wonder if that is true…….Dry sunshine might be better. Except I am a water person. I don’t think I could do dry heat. (it is dry in Eastern Oregon and I hate it!)

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  4. I would rather be in a warmer and sunnier place all the time. I get it. I’m in the northeast of US and it’s cold.

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    1. It gets very cold there, much colder than in England.

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  5. Hi there. It’s not much better in France right now. We’ve had high winds and torrential rain for weeks and it’s hard not to get fed up and ill. Take care and try and eat well.

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    1. California is the place for me. ❤


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