I’m often struck by how weather affects my mood. Usually I smile at how fiction from other countries portray England as always being wet – lately though, this is spot on. It seems like it’s endlessly raining. And it’s pretty depressing.
Writers and film makers often use weather to convey mood. Whether using rain to tug at our emotional heartstrings or a storm to create suspense or fear or warm sunshine to let us know the characters are happy. But they also use it in the opposite way – hang the sun jar a character who is upset or depressed or having characters who have just fallen in love kiss in the rain (though I’ve never understood the appeal of that!)
I often wonder if people living in warm sunny places are happier than those of use who live in a country with unpredictable weather. I mean, you can plan days out without contingency plans, you probably get less colds and coughs, and you don’t need to buy a coat that makes you feel like a sump wrestler. Conversely, I bet those who live in the warm miss the seasons and fantasise about playing in the snow. We usually want what we can’t have. But I’m sure all of us have discussed the weather in relation to our mood and have had weather in a story make us feel something.
As I’m writing this, a hint of sunshine is appearing through the clouds. Suggesting new possibilities.
I like the sound of that.
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”
― Dolly Parton
Does weather affect your mood? Do you like how writers and film makes use weather to make us feel something?
Posted by Victoria-writes on May 15, 2012
I’m writing this on the train into work. It’s grey and raining and droplets roll down the window as I stare out, not looking forward to my day at work and wishing for a change, for something I’m not entirely sure of.
Yesterday I had the day off work and went for some blood tests. I’ve been feeling really tired lately and im guessing it’s down to this commute but my doctor decided to check things out just in case. They took 4 tubes eek! My mum came with me as I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to hospitals and we went shopping afterwards.
I made an in road in my summer present buying and got a pair of diamond stud earrings, supposidly half price yay! I love sone sparkle I was further cheered up by reading all the comments on Mondays post ‘this is me’, you’re all so sweet and supportive, it’s pretty cool to be part of the blogging world!! I know I need to count my blessings more and you help me so much to do that!
I hope the sun will come out soon figuratively and literally, and then maybe a rainbow will appear and lead the way to a brighter future.
Hugs and kisses
Posted by Victoria-writes on June 16, 2011
Today I refer back to my post no kissing in the rain as the weather is hideous here in London. British weather is so weird – Saturday we have a really hot, sunny day and I actually got a bit burnt and then yesterday the rain came and a chill was in the air. This morning, I got drenched on the commute to work and brought out my hooded parka – it’s summer people!!
I really wish I could move somewhere with constant weather - nice and warm and sunny with no unpredictably. A place where you can actually plan things to do and not have to call it off at the last minute because it’s suddenly decided to rain.
A place like this …
Instead of this …
What’s the weather like in your part of the world – any tips for where I should move?
Posted by Victoria-writes on June 6, 2011
We are experiencing some gorgeous weather in the UK right now – it’s sunny and unseasonably warm, we’re even beating the Med on temperature. There’s something about the sunshine that makes everything seem better and my mood much lighter.
Yesterday I grabbed a lunch break and sat out for some sun catching. I must start bringing sun cream to work as my shoulder got a bit red oops I also ventured to the shop to buy an ice cream. It’s hilarious that even as an adult sunshine and ice cream or lollies go hand in hand. I remember hearing the jingle of an ice cream van as a child and wanting to jump for joy. I always get a Mr Whippy with a flake if I’m buying from a van.
I got a Twister because of its combination of ice cream and ice lollie. You get the best of both worlds!
The sunshine definitely makes it hard being in an office all day. I want to outside soaking it up, drinking the good old Pimms (Have any of you tried it yet?!) and listening to some summer tunes.
Another thing I find tough is choosing outfits in the warm weather. I honestly think I’m a winter clothes person - I like my jeans and boots and knitwear and find it much easier to find something than when it gets warmer. I’m not a big fan of short skirts or dresses, I find them uncomfortable on the tube and flimsy sandals usually break in the city. I need to find a cool, comfortable but chic summer look and get away from my usual jeans / long top combo.
Maybe city shorts is the way to go, some inspiration from Alexia Chung …..
What’s your favourite ice cream / lollie? What’s your summer outfit?
Posted by Victoria-writes on April 21, 2011
Waking up to a grey, cloudy day and hearing the patter of heavy rain on the roof, fills me with glumness. There’s no joy in the rain – it means umbrellas and hoods, frizzy hair, wet jeans and waterproof shoes that inevitably turn out not to be waterproof.
When I wake up to the rain, my smile fades. It puts me in a melancholy mood instantly. When it rains my commute to work is always more problematic - suddenly people fill public transport and said transport shuts down amid the chaos. If it rains at the weekend, all I want to is curl up and watch a film, knowing that the horrible weather is far away from me, locked outside, forbidden to cross my path.
Singing in the Rain? An iconic picture, an iconic film that suggests rain can make you dance and sing and smile with love and happiness. I don’t think so! It makes me want to hide under cover and moan.
Despite the fact it rains constantly in England, we all grumble about it. We all talk about it. It’s like a huge surprise when it happens even though rarely a week goes by without it. We love to discuss the weather – it’s part of our Britishness. Probably because it’s always so bad and yet we all have hope it won’t be. That we will get 5 days in a row of warm sun and be able to do all those things people who live with better weather can do – barbeques or picnics, sunbathing, trips to the seaside or park, eating strawberries and cream or having that elusive party in the garden.
Yet for some rain suggests romance. How many films or songs out there describe the above scene – kissing in the rain. A man rushing to you in the rain and declaring his love. Standing outside your lover’s home in the rain to show how much you want them.
Sorry but if I want to kiss my soul mate, I don’t want frizzy hair or soggy shoes. I don’t want to worry about slipping in puddles or cars splashing us as we stand on the pavement smooching.
Rain is not romantic for me. Rain is a pain (sorry couldn’t resist that one!). As long as I live in England, I will not only have to put up with the wet stuff but listen to countless people say – “goodness, isn’t the weather terrible today?!” Just don’t try and kiss me in it please!
I hope it’s sunny where you are,
Posted by Victoria-writes on February 23, 2011