It's almost Spring!


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For the first time this year, it's been sunny and not freezing cold! There are loads of birds about on the canal and flowers are starting to come out.

I can't wait for some sunshine and nice weather :nod:
 
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Overcast in London, with the odd drizzle..But not to cold, been out this morning wit just a t-shirt on..Roll on summer...
 

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Mr Rocket Scientist said:
For the first time this year, it's been sunny and not freezing cold! There are loads of birds about on the canal and flowers are starting to come out.

I can't wait for some sunshine and nice weather :)

Seconded :thumb:

And it's staying lighter longer :)

Looking forward to drinking beer by the Thames during those light and hopefully warm evenings.
 
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Looking forward to go to a pub & sitting outside.
That is if the place has not been over run by the smokers who are banned from inside now!
 

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Looking forward to the pub outside too :D Great minds think alike, eh?

There's a couple of really good ones only a minutes walk from here, one of them is right on the canal and it's a great place to go in the summer. They do BBQs outside, so you can have a beer, tasty burger and listen to music whilst watching the goslings swim around in the canal :thumb:
 
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Can't wait either..There are some really nice pubs down Hammersmith way on the Thames....
 

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Snowdrops past their peak, crocuses everywhere and even some daffodils in flower.

It's definitely on the way. :)
 

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Spring started last week ... :confused:












:wave:
 

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muckshifter said:
Spring started last week ... :confused:
Traditionally the first day of spring is Astronomically derived therefore, The first day of spring this year is Friday March 20th. The equinox will be at 5:48 GMT. At this time the Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.
Vernal comes originally from the Latin word for bloom and refers to the fact that, in the northern hemisphere, this equinox marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. An equinox is a time when the nights are as long as the days and the vernal equinox is recognised the world over as the start of the new astrological cycle.

 
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The OLD definition of spring was March, April and May and each season was simply three complete months. I was always taught the sytem of spring beginning on the 21st of March but I think there is a move to go back to the old system. :confused:
 

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Huh! You're all completely wrong of course.

Spring only starts when I feel like it's the beginning of Spring.

Simple.

And last Monday, therefore, Spring started.

You know I'm right.

'When it's Spring again, I'll sing again, Tulips from Amsterdam...' That was always a bit of a crap song wasn't it? :)
 

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floppybootstomp said:
'When it's Spring again, I'll sing again, Tulips from Amsterdam...' That was always a bit of a crap song wasn't it? :)
Yup... along with 'I found my April dream in Portugal with you. When we discovered romance, like I never knew'. and some others. The one that sums it up for me is 'Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer...'

Gonna take a while still up here, though...

In spring, the mean daily temperature rises from 0°C to 10°C. Spring begins in early April in Åland and the southwestern archipelago and later in April elsewhere, except for northernmost Lapland, where it does not begin until early May. Thus, spring begins a month earlier in the south than in the north. Its duration ranges from 45 to 65 days, being longest in the islands and coastal regions, because of the coolness of the sea. Once the mean daily temperature exceeds 5°C, the thermal growing season is considered to have begun. This take place about one month after the beginning of spring: at the end of April in southern Finland and at the end of May in northernmost Lapland.

For the real growing season to begin the snow must melt; this depends on the amount of snow, elevation and the position of the region relative to the sea. Open areas lose their snow cover within two to three weeks of the beginning of spring, whereas on average the snow in the forest smelts about two weeks later. The lakes usually become ice-free soon after the growing season begins in April in southwestern Finland, in May in the interior, and in June in Lapland.

( http://www.fmi.fi/en/index.html )
 
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I finally this week had my cavitys filled (?) should be done prior Winter eh ?? ahh never mind, better late than never :)
 
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Spring starts 21st Feb for me BUT WOW I AM LOVING IT!

Birds are singing days are longer brilliant.
 
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Okay guys I call it T** Monday...


That glorious day when, heading into work on the bus, or walking to the tube, or sitting on the train, you find yourself suddenly chirpier than you have been in months. You find yourself smiling at strangers again. There is a mild involuntary tumescence in your trousers that comes and goes throughout the morning with the comforting regularity of a heartbeat.

And then you get a text around lunchtime from a mate which says: "At last, Tit Monday!" And you instantly understand why you are so happy. For Tit Monday is that special day in the year when, for the first time, the temperature rises above that magical point which causes girls getting dressed in the morning to decide to show a bit of skin.

After months of dull colours and chunky knit, the world's birds suddenly dive into last summer's wardrobe (they've not had chance to buy this season's stuff) and chuck it on without a thought. Your urban landscape is suddenly lightened with acres of naked arm and leg and, after many dark months of burrowing, breasts rising to the surface like moles at dusk.

Big breasts in white work shirts straining at the buttons. Small breasts braless in vest tops, the nipples frotted by ribby fabrics. Breasts in summer dresses bouncing in the distance so that they catch your eye before you even notice there is someone wearing them. Breasts nudging out from the crowd at traffic islands, quivering to cross the road...

And you know it is nearly summer. For previous generations, the arrival of spring was heralded by the sound of the first cuckoo. For us, it is Tit Monday.

Not that it always falls on a Monday. Like Easter, Tit Monday is a moveable feast. Last year it fell on a Friday. Friday 29 April, to be precise, when temperatures maxed out at 22.1C after nothing much above 16C all year. It last fell on a Monday in 2004, when temperatures leapt to 22C on 24 April.

And then, of course, there is Tit Monday Night. You see, in early summer, temperatures drop off very dramatically when night falls (Tit Friday 2005 dropped away to a parky 11.8C). But the dollies are not prepared. Slightly stunned by the morning heat, they drag out the summer clothes but forget to bring a cardie (a mistake they will not make again until next year), so that when they're all standing outside All Bar One after work celebrating the arrival of spring, their barely covered nipples have no protection from the cold. It's like a Bring-and-Buy sale where everyone has brought hat pegs. It's like a prog-rock gig where, instead of lighters, everyone is holding up nipples.

So when will t** Monday fall this year? Will you be the first to text your mates with the announcement? Do not shoot your bolt too early. There will be false starts. You will smell fresh cut grass and see a couple of early starters and feel compelled to declare Tit Monday. But your more level-headed friends will tell you to hold your horses, keep your powder dry, don't fire until you see the whites of their bra straps.
 

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Rush said:
I finally this week had my cavitys filled (?) should be done prior Winter eh ?? ahh never mind, better late than never :)
That reminded me of the two Scottish gay guys, Ben Doon and Phil McCavity :)

Was that politically incorrect?

My goodness :eek:

And I think PSD99 is in need of therapy... :lol:

Or maybe not :eek:
 
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