It’s official: as the sun goes down tonight it marks the end of Welsh Summer Time (WST) – that brief period (8 days this year) between the snowy wastes of last winter and the even snowier wastes of next winter (Easter). The forecasts are out and we can definitely expect to be back in sub-zero temperatures by Monday.
The golden colours of autumn have returned resplendent to many trees as they prepare to shed their leaves. Some trees, in a bid to save energy, decided not to leaf this year at all, instead going straight from bare, through bud, and back to bare again.
You may have already noted the queues of traffic at petrol stations – the seasonal phenomenon of folks stocking up on petrol, ready to throw it on their fires in the dark winter months ahead.
And personally, I’ve been through my entire wardrobe of cycling kit in the last week. Last Thursday I was wearing thermal bib tights, waterproof skullcap, merino underpants, and electric toe-warmers. By Sunday I was in super-short see-through evapo-lycra, with a knotted hanky perched jauntily on my helmet. Tomorrow it’s back to the scarf and balaclava.
If you didn’t get out on your bike and make the most of the summer that was, here’s a taste of what you missed:
Dusty rides on dry-as-a-bone trails.
Resplendent views of cloud-free summits.
Evening rides in the low sun with not a waterproof coat in sight.
So, here’s a final tip of the helmet to that long lost summer of 2012, a reminder to put your clocks back at 2.00am, and a note to put the lights back on your handlebars!