Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Brits can get a bit snotty about other people 'aving a go at our weather.

British independence and self-sufficiency. We're quite capable of doing our own moaning, thankyou very much, indeed we've developed it into quite an art form.

This has been cited as one of the things which makes Britain great :

"Your long tradition of moaning

Visitors to these isles could be forgiven for assuming that the expression "Mustn't grumble" is actually a local truncation of the longer "Mustn't Grumble Any More Than We're Doing Already, Or It Might Get Depressing". The national non-reluctance to complain (not face-to-face of course, but after the fact) means that everything is always a little bit better than you have been led to expect."
Tim Dowling, The Guardian May 11th 2007. Full text

And theres plenty of moaning about the weather going on over here in blighty just now.

We're also inclined to get a bit snotty from wandering stubbornly around in our summer clothes despite the November temperatures and almost constant precipitation.

I'm a bit pissed off (as well as pissed down on) that this vid. isn't better quality, I've been pissing about (what a versatile word) with export and compression settings but to not much avail. If anyone there has advice about this I'd be grateful. So I may replace this with a better version, if I make any progress....

in the meantime, this is BST:


Wendz said...

Ducks' Ditty.'

All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

Ducks' tails, drakes' tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!

Slushy green undergrowth
Where the roach swim--
Here we keep our larder,
Cool and full and dim.

Everyone for what he likes!
WE like to be
Heads down, tails up,
Dabbling free!

High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call--
WE are down a-dabbling
Up tails all!

Keennth Graeme

Great video - you're setting trends Letty Pie..I shall have to try this sometime. Maybe the local donkeys standing and breying (sp?) miserably in the rain?

The weather is as bad here and I am moaning too. But I suspect that my grumbles have as much effect on God as water on a ducks back.

If only He'd send the sun - I have washing to do, dammit.

You are beautifully creative.

PG said...

Hmmm, thanks for that Lettuce, now I've got rain inside AND out...

Gary said...

Although it is not raining today it is only 73 degrees (F) on this Fourth of July. So, my plans to spend the day at the beach have been moved to the boardwalk.
However, I am happy to have a day to myself without needing to be anywhere.
Your humor is lovely and your 'voice' shines through even when pelted by the raindrops.

Calamity Tat said...

Is that lucys voice i can hear or just the ducks doing their thing? oh poor you all that rain! still not long until you're here, I hope to god it doesn't rain!! have yu ou heard from my Floss yet, wish i was with you all sat xx

Akelamalu said...

That just about sums it up Lettuce!

I don't care though I'm off to SUNNIER CLIMES on Friday - nanananana....

Ex-Shammickite said...

Well, you have to admit, it's doing wonders for your "big butt".

I haven't been blogging for a few days, we have had a long weekend Strawberry Festival to celebrate Canada Day, lot's of things to do, people to see, check it out on my blog.

Mark said...

Hi Lettuce,
I think ducks and people with big butts are the only ones who are not moaning the minute Lol

Cheers mark

tut-tut said...

I like your video; I couldn't insert one if I tried!

We could do with some of that rain, so send it this way.

ramblingwoman said...

Your butt must be overflowing in all this rain!

I have soaked to the skin this week more times than I can remember!

Let' hope summer comes soon.

PS: I love your scrolling thing.

Trac said...

Wow - you are clever! :O)

Those ducks look familiar!?

Dumdad said...

Stop! You're making me homesick....

Dizzy said...

Oooohhh your making me feel colder than I already am.

The ducklings are gorgeous but what are they swimming in - crap?? (or should I say pollution).

I am not so keep on your blogger friends -0 talking about 72 degrees and sunnier climates.

I received an email yesterday that went like this.







ps Meeting up with Chris later.

martin said...

I love a pancake with cucumber, spring onion and plum sauce. Quack quack.

Jay said...

I just love rain (well, unless it's ruining my plans). It was so much fun to watch this.

lettuce said...

hey everyone, it so cheers me up to see all your comments and faces here...... just wanting to say i appreciate you all so much.

oh yes wendz, thats a fave. To be sung in little ratty voices. And yes please, vid. of your moany donkeys!

haha pg. But oh no! makes me SOOO mis. when rain finds its way inside...

Beach, Gary? don't make me laugh. (tho no doubt there are some shivvery but stubborn wet people on our beaches at the mo - its the British way)

yes Tat - wish you'd be here too, we'll drink to you

Good for you lulu, have a FAB time.

strawberry festival sounds great shammie, i'll come over and see.

yes indeed mark. tho i saw a wedding couple having wet and windy photos by Westminster yesterday - they looked happy despite it all!

thanks TT. (sure you could tho...)

RW we must have a blog-pimping sesh while you are here, you can have scrolling thingies of your very own!

yes, chances are you've met these very ducks Trac.

is it the rain that does it, dumdad, or the moaning?

that sun thing is too true to be funny Dizzy! and yes, it was a bit scummy.....

mmmmm martin, crispy duck pancakes! (those little ducklings wouldn't go far tho)

it was really fun to film too jay! really!! (esp. with the very strange looks i got)

Pod said...

how miserable! especially since it has been going on for so long. good for your butt though hey? it has some advantages. not quite raining like a ba****d though! i just sat staring at that and then realised i was still doing it with a crazed look on my face for about 2 mins after it stopped! have a good weekend mish letty, sorry, i meant miss letty

Pod said...

ps. i think all that rain has something to do with the SG's??

lettuce said...

you're becoming naughtier and naughtier pod, i shall pray for your irreverent soul.
no, its not ba****d rain (how polite those *** are) - its miserable g*t rain.

Cream said...

Sorry for 'aving a go at your weather, Lettie.
It's just that, after 31 years here, I am yet to fathom out which is season is which...

I think I've even started seeing ducks in white coats!
Well done!

Reya Mellicker said...

OMG the vid is brilliant.

Good ... for them??

You're so funny. I lived in Portland, Oregon for a couple of years. The non stop rain 9 months of the year made me go crazy, literally I'm afraid. Your weather gadget shows sunny skies today. Thank god! Hope you get out to soak up some sunshine.

Trac said...

Having stood in a muddy field, freezing to death in a hurricane at 9.30am this morning for a bloody kids sports day - I thought I would drop by and moan about the weather!!

See you tomorrow then!
Oooh can't wait! :O)

Trac said...

haha - just noticed Cream calling it 'your' weather!

So it's all your fault then!!?

lettuce said...

oh i think you've been here for long enough, Cream, to be allowed to join in the group moan

yes Reya! well, no, not quite sunshine - but almost no rain!!!!

yes, i accept responsibility Trac. After putting out the washing, new water butts is the next best way to ensure rain.

Pod said...

please give my love to trac. i can't seem to leave comments at her place??