Feeling the sun on ones face is something that almost nothing can replace. The cold, wet, icy, snowy and windy weather seemed to last a lifetime as the grey of last September began to merge into the darkness of another winter; and what a winter! All too often throughout my life I’ve let this gem of spring slip by without much thought until ultimately reaching the chilly short days of autumn. Well this year I fully intend to make the most of both spring and summer simply by getting out of the house to make the most of each day as it comes. There is a problem however. April was the warmest since records began with rainfall at a premium well into May. How can that be such a problem? After all isn’t that what we all wanted? Long hot spring days with the promise of a summer to rival that of 1976. Well, like it or not we are surrounded on all sides by arable farmland that is desperately in need of rain: substantial amounts of rain.
All over the country farmland is cracking with their crops seriously in danger of not maturing for harvest, and that is not good news, not only for farmers but for you and me. The last thing we all need is the cost of our food having to rise yet again. But hold on a minute. What happened to all of that extra water that fell during one of the wettest winters I can remember? How do countries in the Mediterranean manage to give millions of tourists their morning shower throughout their summer months as the legendary water shortage kicks in here in Britain? If the British can’t conserve water in what is one of the most rain-drenched, greenest countries in the northern hemisphere what hope is there for anyone? Ask any American tourist that might be visiting the UK this summer and one of the first things they’ll say is their trusty umbrella. Its no secret that Britain is a wet place. Perhaps we could learn a lesson or two from some of our warmer European partners before sending the helicopters up to spy on the sneaky hose-ban breakers. I don’t think I can imagine packing an umbrella when travelling to Spain or Greece. Then there are the new pressures for the new age. Things like bio-fuels made from wheat or rape oil would require endless amounts of land that we simply don’t have in the UK. Around the world forests are being destroyed to meet bio-fuel targets, perhaps even on our behalf, which in turn ultimately reduces the amount of land available for the growth of food. I can’t help but think that the people that set such stupid Euro targets have absolutely no grasp of the basics. Its pointless setting targets for initiatives that lead to long term destruction when we ought to be concentrating on the basics. Put quite simply the more efficient conservation of our winter water supply.