Yes, Virginia, England does have sunsets!
I’m no gardener, but I doubt this tulip is rare (although the fact that it bloomed before my daffodils does make me wonder). No, what is rare about this photo is that the tulip was captured at sunset. Yes, sunset. In England. I’d begun to think there was no such thing. I don’t know the last time I saw a sunset here, thanks to the nearly unbroken string of cloudy, rainy, or snowy days we’ve had since this time last year. (Just a note: I haven’t seen many sunrises either, and it’s not because I was sleeping the days away.) In the rarest of occurrences, the sun was out all day today, sunup to sundown, with not a cloud to be seen. I figure the meteorological good fortune is a direct consequence of my mom’s arrival from the States; there’ll be only bright blue skies while she’s here, and it’ll be impossible for her to believe that the past twelve months have been nothing but the stereotypical dismal British weather portrayed in every movie ever set in England. I’d forgotten just how good the sun feels and how energizing it can be, even if the temperatures are only in the 50s. I could get used to this. I could practically feel my body synthesizing vitamin D while I was pulling weeds around the tulips this evening. So if the sun shines for the next two weeks, and it looks like my mom is indeed the good luck charm that has brought sunshine to England, then I’ll be begging her to stay until August when we are due to move back to America!
April 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Come off it, not sure how long you have been living in England, but the weather isn’t that bad. OK so the last year or so maybe, but I remember wonderful weather. OK I haven’t lived there for 37 years, but it can’t have changed that much.
JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE
April 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM
I’ve only been here eighteen months, and I was specifically referencing the last twelve, which even the natives and the Met Office admit have been absolutely dreadful. I don’t doubt there has been wonderful weather in the past (we had three summer-like days in March 2012 and two in September), and I expect there will be more in the future; I was only trying to point out that the dreariness of the past year made today’s sun seem even brighter. It was a day to treasure!
April 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Same thing happened to us when we were I’m England! When visitors came it was sunny and warm the entire time! None of them believed the weather was as rainy as I had been telling them. Hope the sun shines for the rest of your tour! 😎