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Californian Poppies in Watford

It’s not every day you see an amazing display of orange poppies in Watford, someone had scattered some poppy seeds and forgotten about them and now there is a glorious orange field. Mixed with some pink and white poppies and thistles which will bloom in June will produce a kaleidoscope of colour. These orange poppies…

Cheslyn Gardens Watford 2020

The beautiful Cheslyn Gardens is now in full bloom as spring is near its end. Sitting in one of the many seats in the garden you could be transported far away as you hear the birds singing, collecting food for their young. You can hear the water rushing over the pond’s waterfall in the background…

Weather in April 2020

Its been a record month for sunshine across the UK which makes a change from the start of the year. April showers didn’t appear until the last two days of the month. With the country on lockdown, it has been so tempting to head for the beach, you just know when the lockdown finishes it…

Weather In March 2020

It was a month of 2 halves as the rain relented bringing an end to the deluge which started in September last year! The continuous low-pressure systems which crossed the Atlantic slowed down as the difference between the polar and Atlantic regions abated. This temperature difference shows up in the AO (Atlantic Oscillation) it fuels…

Weather In February 2020

It has been a very wet month with record-breaking rainfall, with predominantly low-pressure systems across the country they have come one after the other, they always seem to hit at the weekends. Storm Ciara came on the 9th and Storm Dennis on the 15th bringing exceptional rainfall totals. It has also been very mild with…

Weather in January 2020

Another mild month which over the UK which was the 6th warmest January since 1884, it ended up 2c above average. Lots of low-pressure systems crossed the Atlantic fueled by the very strong jet stream. Which in turn was magnified by the difference in temperature in the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean. The cold has…

Hertfordshire Year of Culture

Welcome to Hertfordshire’s Year of Culture 2020 it is a year to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural opportunity. There are lots of events across the county which celebrate Hertfordshire’s arts, culture and heritage. Find out about all the events on the dedicated website called Creative Hertfordshire. Lots of the events I…

Chinese New Year 2020 at Watford Intu

Its the Chinese New Year on Saturday and the start of the celebrations began in the Watford Intu shopping centre last Saturday 18th January. Beautiful dance, music and martial arts curated by Ms Lijun Bi from the Aubretia Dance Studio with performances also from Portsmouth Dance Group. Happy New Year! It will be the year…

Weather in December 2019

December was mild and wet but much wetter in the SE and NW of the UK. The CET was 5.80C  which was 0.74c above the long term average. We also had a record-breaking temperature of 18.7c at the end of the month in Scotland. Which means that every season in 2019 had some sort of…

Weather in November 2019

Its been very wet the last month across the UK and fairly cool with the CET coming out below average at 6.2c which is -0.3c below the long term average. This was the 2nd month in a row that this has occurred, low-pressure systems have rattled across the UK and we even had the remnants…

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