At the risk of alienating every last one of you, today is utterly beautiful here. I am sitting outside on the balcony typing in the sun. The sea is blue and shining and ruffled by the wind.
Strangely it seems to be making the locals a little hostile. I commented on the beauty of the day to everyone at work and got responses along the lines of, "I hate winter". Well, me too, but this ain't winter honeys. I wonder if they had been outside yet that day.
Then, when I was walking home revelling in the sunshine and gentle breeze carrying my scarf and without a jacket, a woman walked past me going the other way. She was well bundled up. She snapped at me, in a quite aggressive tone of voice, "Well. For Some of us it's a cold day, and for some of us it's warm." She had that huffy tone of voice one associates with obnoxious old ladies.
Not sure what it is that's setting them all off. I'm happy as a pig in mud, or a Canadian in the warmth!
On another note I need some help. One of my adult students - a woman - is suffering from depression but wants to read in English. This, I think is a good thing, but it leads to some difficult title selection. She needs an upbeat book, with a lot of dialogue (it is much easier to understand) and without too much difficult vocabulary. She also wants a book where things happen, where there is some action, not purely an interpersonal tension and resolution of tension.
NB, eldest just came home and seems also to have been poisoned with bitterness and ennui by this spectacular weather.
Ungrateful and weird. No?