Sometime between 1 and 1.30 this afternoon the rain started in earnest. White lines of rain pouring from the sky. And it continued – all afternoon – and I was glad that I wimped out biking it into work today. By 5 o’clock it was already dark and the roads were sloshing with water. The evening was real Dark is Rising whether. Dreadful, dreadfully yucky weather, and all it needed was some rooks and crows and it would have been proper weather for evil to be enclosing around us…

That said it was also deliciously autumnal. Have I mentioned before how I simply adore this time of year. I knew the whether was going to bad yesterday so I bussed it into town, which meant that I got to walk back down Little Clarendon Street (have you ever been there when you’ve been in Oxford? It’s just off the big wide St Giles street where the Duke of Cambridge cocktail bar is) which is so small and cute and lovely, and the leaves were piling up along the edges of the streets. I popped into a rather nice little ‘everything’ shop and got some turquoise earings as a little 6-month anniversary present for Emma (this weekend) 🙂

Despite pouring wave, I did manage to arrange my umbrella in such a way as to protect myself my rucksack, and hold open my book to read. I’m glad that I did because I had to wait ages. The traffic, worse anyway because of the bad weather was made worse still by the census taking place at the top end of Banbury Road. I finally got back to the car, and headed off through flooding roads, taking the back roads home. Rounding the last bend to my house I saw a car parked in the corner spot – an R-reg Toyota – I glance over at my house to see the lights on in my lounge. What the heck?! Heading into the back garden, I see Emma looking rather gorgeous in my lounge, with candles lit and a glass of wine waiting…

A welcome retreat from the bad weather! 🙂