For the past week or so, Britain has been at the mercy of a freak weather event known as the ‘Beast from the East’. The name is apparently derived from an unseasonable flow of cold air from Siberia, coating our island in snow and ice, and generally making everyone miserable.
When I say freak weather event, all I really mean is – it’s snowed slightly later than usual, and everyone has gone insane. But then again, eccentricity is one of the defining features of British Island life. Our weather is so unpredictable, but also so harmless that we find ourselves constantly ill prepared and trying to adapt.
Shall we take an umbrella? What shoes should I wear. OMG, I need suncream! Oh no, I meant huskies and a sled.
Our Scandinavian cousins a short longboat ride across the North Sea no doubt look at us in bemusement, skidding and sliding all over the place, on our way to strip the supermarket shelves of the last remaining tinned goods and leavened bread.
But it’s much easier isn’t it, when you live in Norway.
“Ingrid, what’s the weather going to do this March?”
“What are you talking about Lars? It’s going to be dark for 22 hours, with 14 feet of snow, just like every year”
Or at least that’s how I imagine their conversations go like.
So of course, the late sting in the tail of winter poses additional health challenges. I’m thoroughly bored of being cold, damp and miserable. Even the novelty of the white dusting of snow has worn off.
The chilly air is playing havoc with my sinuses. I don’t know whether to turn the central heating up – and dry out my skin and sinuses completely, or turn it down and freeze, interrupting my sleep and making everything more irritating.
I suppose the only thing to do is to grin and bare it. I’ve got my routine of nasal spray, anti-histamines, sudafed, neti pot and even emergency snuff. But the fact of the matter is, in weather down at -6 degrees, you’ve got little to no chance of feeling fantastic if you’re an allergy sufferer. It’s just one of those things.
You gotta keep calm and carry on. The warm weather is on the horizon, and with it, the sweet relief of relaxed sinuses and sleeping without 3 duvets. I just wish it would hurry up a bit.