Tidbits on British Life #2 | Winter in England

When you think of England, or at least when I would think of England before the move, you think of rain and gray skies. Or at least that's what you hear. I assumed England would be rainy and cold but assumptions don't sink in like reality does...


So it's true. England can be cold, rainy and just plain depressing sometimes. Maybe I'm just too spoiled from the New Mexico sun and the average 10% humidity (where we lived for the previous 18 months). Seriously, there was only 17 inches of rain a year where we came from and honestly, I don't believe that statistic because I would forget what rain was while living there. 17 inches...isn't that what we get in a month here in England?? Ha ha, I know I'm exaggerating! But come on, does this ever end?!


Yes, there is the random sunny day, where we do get a glimpse of a blue sky (and it is gorgeous). But the rain returns as quickly as it left. The wind has surprised me quite a bit. Coming from New Mexico, I was actually looking forward to the change of climate and getting away from the HORRIBLE New Mexico winds. Just take a look back over some Instagram pics and you will see what I am talking about. But the wind here has been quite intense lately. There is absolutely no way possible to keep a hairstyle in place once you have left your house and ventured into the elements. Between the humidity, rain and wind there is no miracle hair product for all of that! If you have found a solution, PLEASE tell me :)


With all whining aside, here are the facts about British weather. And by facts, I mean "Jamie Facts".

1. It rains...A LOT. And usually not hard rain. It's usually just enough to need an umbrella and ruin   your hair. 'Spittle' is a term I have heard being used around these parts.
2. It's usually gray outside. My sunglasses get very little use.
3. The wind can be brutal and make you wonder why you ever thought an umbrella was a good idea in the first place.
4. Wellies are ESSENTIAL to your wardrobe! I thought my Hunter boots would be a cute addition to my wardrobe just in case I needed them. I literally wear them EVERYDAY!!!
5. The temperature/weather is so steady it can drive you crazy, there is never any fluctuation. I crack up at the weather reports here... 'the sun is going to come out, and then it is going to rain, and then the sun will come out, and then it will rain, and rain some more, and the temperature will be the exact same as yesterday' (remember, I said "Jamie Facts")

ok, positivity is on its way...

A gorgeous winter day

6. Thankfully, it seems that the grass stays a vibrant shade of green all year round!
7. RAINBOWS!! If I was a little kid living in England, I would be going nuts over the amount of rainbows you see here. Double rainbows are very common and Van and I laugh and joke when we see them. (If you don't know what we are laughing about, youtube double rainbow!!)
7. When the sun does peek its pretty little head out, it is fantastic. It makes all of the gray days worth it. All of the beautiful buildings and green grass just seem to perk up and sparkle in the light. And you reflect on why you love England so much and how incredible it is to be living here!

British weather can be a difficult aspect in adjusting to your new expat life. It is so easy to just give up on venturing out because staying inside under a blanket on the sofa sounds perfect just about every day here. Luckily we were given some good advice before moving here. Never plan around the weather and just go. You never know what kind of weather will show itself when you arrive at your destination. And it's just rain. Everybody else is dealing with it and so can you! And just remember to live the sunny days to their fullest, make it a celebration :)

-Jamie

For other thoughts on British Life, read here :)

11 comments

  1. I learned within a few days that there is no point to doing my hair, so all I do it half dry it and go. But that lesson was learned in Aberdeen where the weather is MUCH worse than London haha! To be fair, this winter has been unusually windy (I never use an umbrella, my rain jacket is always with me) and with the hype of the flooding, I take it it's also unusual.

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    1. Oh I can't even imagine enduring Sctoland's winter! It looks incredibly harsh. Yes, I am on the rain jacket train as well and all of my pretty coats stay hidden until the sunny days :)

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  2. Wait! How did I miss that we are both from New Mexico as well?! Albuquerque here... x

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    1. HA! Well I'm not from NM...my husband's last assignment took us there, Clovis to be exact. Clovis is terrible! I loved ABQ and Santa Fe though, we usually went for weekend getaways at least once a month. But my job took me all around NM so I am pretty familiar with the entire state! What's even funnier, we basically are based out of Atlanta (thats what we call "home" if there is such a place), and I see you lived there too :)

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  3. So true. Can't say I miss it... Funny thing, it wasn't until I moved to England that I realized how much I loved the sun. The things you take for granted. It was probably one of the things I missed most as an expat. Sun at any time of year.

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    1. I have always loved the sun and I truly miss it. I soak up as much of it as I can when it is out :)

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  4. Oh no! It is hard when winter seems interminable and it rains all year round. I've begun to see my world in terms of heat and colour: winter is darkness and bright lights; spring is daylight and blossoms; summer is heat and hopefully some sunshine and blue skies; autumn is an explosion of orange and gold.

    My only advice is to completely change your hair care products because nothing you used at home will work. I use Lee Stafford products which do exactly what they say on the box!!

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    1. I am just so thankful that the grass in England seems to be totally oblivious to the seasons, keeping its vivid green color all through the year:)

      Thanks for the hair product tip! I am looking it up TODAY!!

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  5. Completely agree with all this! I don't think people who say umbrellas are useful in England have ever been there! Wellies are also the most important part of my shoe collection over there.
    Since I'm from Canada I didn't really have to adjust to the cold - it isn't actually that cold when you compare to my home country - but the grey skies and the rain affected me a lot at first! But I was lucky enough to live in a pretty dry/sunny part of Scotland.

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    1. I just love my Wellies....I never knew just how grateful I would be for them :) That's nice that you didn't have to adjust to the cold. Where is the dry and sunny part of Scotland?! I am sooo curious!!

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    2. Oh St Andrews (sorry just saw your reply!), it's a pretty good climate, although I think people told us it was a good year while we were there! It deserves a visit if you've never been :)

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