Nature teaches that change is a constant.
I thought a mighty oak I named the “Castle Tree” would last beyond my death, but a storm sent it crashing to the ground last year. In nature you learn fast that the only reliable constant is change.
I am back, and confined indoors due to rain. A months worth of rain fell in 24 hours yesterday, it has been nonstop rain for over a day, and it continues. Even my outdoor cat Pebbles, who rarely comes inside, sits on the inside of the cat flap, depressed and curled up into a ball. I cannot remember a day like this, that has rained nonstop all day. The garden plants love it, you can near hear them drinking up the water from heaven; the snails and slugs also enjoy this new changing climate in Britain.
I have been here for nearly a cycle of a year, and it has been amazing to watch the changes of nature in my garden through an entire cycle. Before my eyes I see the land falling slowly into a sleep, the darkness closes in, the temperatures are falling. It seems winters in Colchester attracts rain rather than snow, but the temperatures are mostly above zero Celsius. The birds (apart from pigeons, magpies and corvids) all have abandoned my garden in favour of the autumn harvest in the countryside. I have not seen Amber our garden fox in weeks, neither by day or night. In nature you learn fast that nothing is permanent, everything changes.
Nature is always full of surprises.
Amber the fox reflects the unpredictable face of nature showing up in my garden by surprise on random days.
I went camping and woke to frost on the ground. I wrote yesterday that summer had arrived in Britain. A pool of water from recent rains had frozen over.
One thing you quickly learn about nature is its unpredictability. Everything in nature has its own free will, and will determine its own unpredictable path regardless of what humanity thinks. Those that are able to let go of control enjoy a nature full of surprises.
The weather teaches humanity to respect nature.
The weather reminds humanity that nature is in charge.
I could weep, I look at the weather forecast… rain… then more rain. For more than three months one of the driest places in Britain, my town of Colchester, has been under siege of rain, storm and tidal surge. Back in October last year I saw my beloved tree destroyed by a storm, whilst last week an ancient oak wood in Wales was obliterated by a ten-minute storm.
I am watching a daffodil slowly emerge two months early, in a winter that so far has had few days of minus temperatures. I enjoy an occasional day free of rain, but most days I am fighting it out with the rain.
The UK Government called an emergency meeting of Cobra today as the west of Britain, Wales, Scotland and Ireland was expecting record tidal surges, high winds and floods of heavy rain. Canada and Northern USA face an enormous snow storm. California is heading into drought crisis with another year of poor rain.
Last night I went camping to get close to nature, waking to a river of rainwater that demanded entrance to my tent. Despite the weather the local foxes are screaming and fighting over mates. If I was being forgetful about nature, stormy weather and screaming fox reminded me who was in charge. Tonight I go camping again, and it is going to rain again.
2013 likely will be worse than 2012 for extremes of weather.
Two glowing eyes in the clouds promises a harsh global weather experience in 2013.
A few days ago I was bouncing around Colchester happy as a bee as the mild spring brought pleasant weather after the floods of rain during December. The winter in Britain depresses me for its cold and darkness, so I have been liking the mild temperatures this winter, with few frosts, tons of rain and one day of snow.
The blossoms are on the trees; foraging bees were out gathering food; the birds singing their hearts out, creating their territories and finding a mate; the first flowers of spring, including snowdrops were blooming. At the back of my mind I warned myself to be wary of my optimism, for the British weather is a temperamental animal, which can turn nasty in an instant. Today temperatures dropped more than ten degrees Celsius on the previous day, something that has an impact of a sledgehammer on the human body, which dislikes sudden temperature changes. The savage frosts were back and a warning of snow was being made all over the internet. Damn!
The observant can over time spot trends, which includes weather. The news of the first ten days of 2013 is grim. The Middle East has been hammered by the worst storms in ten years, heavy rains and snow; a sense of disbelief that Jerusalem is at a standstill due to heavy snowfall. In the northern provinces of China winter fell like a hungry beast trapping more than a thousand ships in sea ice, and plunging temperatures deep below freezing point. In the USA, suffering the continuing drought, winter storms dumped tons of snow on suffering Americans. New Zealand is in drought, their rivers at the lowest point in years. Record killer heat waves in Australia and Tasmania resulted in vast wild fires that destroyed homes, took lives and wiped out large swathes of forest and innumerable numbers of wildlife. Distressed whales that usually visit in summer appeared in winter in Canada, and are a cause of concern being trapped under ice with a diminishing gap in the ice providing them with air.
My prediction is that the weather in 2013 is going to give humanity a worse kicking than it did in 2012.
Sustainability Action 10: I signed up to a sustainability seminar in Colchester.
Knowledge is power, for knowledge provides the keys to open doors to success. My progress to be a sustainable individual is hampered by the limits on my knowledge; it is through education that I can increase my knowledge, thus to be a better sustainable individual. I today signed up to a one day seminar on sustainability at Essex University in Colchester for next week.
I shall learn about how to involve other people in a cooperative atmosphere to design and follow a sustainable process that benefits society, business and the environment. Currently the world follows unsustainable processes that will lead to human extinction; those processes need to be changed, and it requires all individuals to make those changes together if humanity is to survive.
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Nature offers unexpected surprises and challenges.
The sudden change of the weather during the winter in Colchester surprised everyone including me.
For the last three months I experienced a mild winter. Here in Britain after three harsh winters, I enjoyed some days I could even wear a t-shirt. The flowers of spring were two months early, and even an admiral butterfly fluttered past me.
It came as a shock to me last week when winter knocked on my door, temperatures in double minus figures, snow on the ground, and no warmth in sight for weeks. I doubt the butterfly was prepared for this sudden change in climate, and thus death was certain. For me, I was complacent, and a leaflet campaign for my business was wiped out thanks to slippery ice. Neither butterfly or I had prepared for a sudden change in our fortunes, and for both of us it was a disaster.