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Bottesford last won the day on May 16 2012

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About Bottesford

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    Berlin, Germany
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    Real ale, summer, hot sunshine, clubbing, house parties, cycling, hiking, cooking, growing stuff, reading, travelling, history (WW2 and Cold War especially).
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    Ample sunshine; Hot weather; Mixed winters with cold and mild spells

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  1. First post in ages, nice to be back! This argument goes on every year and I guess nothing would suit everyone. I personally would prefer remaining on summer time (CEST over here) as I detest the sudden plunge into darkness (sat here working now at sunset is not nice!). But I do understand why people prefer GMT in winter, it does help in the three darkest months in making mornings be a little better although with so little light it isn't easy. Certainly staying on GMT (or CET here) would not be sensible. Sure solar noon would be at noon and perhaps we should follow the sun patterns more. But the reality is society is skewed towards PM. Little wonder given that 10-6 are considered core sleeping hours (not 8-4 say), public transport often stops around midnight and starts at 5am and office hours are often 8:30-5. All shifted later. Also almost everyone bar shift workers are awake in the early evening but only those who have to/like earlies/have kids are up at 6am so surely it makes sense to try to give more light later to save on energy costs? This effect is even more pronounced in late Feb and into March (clock should return to summer pattern a month earlier!).
  2. The whole of our building is heated from one boiler and I have taps to allow that hot water to flow or not. I turned them on for the first time since late Feb on Friday. I've not used any radiators just yet and am just relying on the warmth of the pipes that run around the apartment. It's been sunny but cold the last few days but today is barely 5c under drizzle so I expect it'll be chilly when I get home.
  3. Bottesford

    Where are all the wasps?

    They're all here! Literally swarming they have been especially during the roasting August. Sitting outside a cafe to eat was near impossible at times as they just appear in their tens or more. Now it's cooled a bit there are far less of them around. Will see if they come back now we're in for some sunny days.
  4. My largest range has been here in Berlin - from -13c to +39.7c.
  5. Yes we're into that period where daylight loss is approaching its peak. Sunset is 7:40pm here which is still within the 'acceptable' limits for me. I can finish work, check the garden & start dinner in daylight. I've prob got 2-3 weeks before that line is crossed when darkness begins to infect the 'daytime' period of life - i.e. pre 7pm. Then things get annoying for many many months. ugh.
  6. I heat when its cold- nothing to do with the date. For sure I can slip on a jumper and that I do when it drops sub 19c when I'm home alone. But the wife feels the cold so if I'm in a jumper she's in 5 layers and her hands have gone blue. Sure 16c indoors is fine if you're moving around or exercising but for sitting for hours on the computer working it has to be around 20c or the hand on the mouse goes icy cold.
  7. Had to close some windows (although not all) but deffo no heating yet. Yucky northerly wind and only 17c! Bleugh.
  8. Bottesford

    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    Yes very extreme indeed but for the most part very enjoyable. Lots of time spent in lakes & outdoor events - stuff I could never dream of in Nottingham. Well not with any degree of reliability anyway. Think the chance of a repeat next summer is slim however!
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    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    There ends a very hot month! My statistics are not likely to entirely match official stations but from my checks are not that far out so here we go... Max: 37.5c, Min 12.8c Overall average: 24c Average max: 30.1c Average min: 19c Days under 20c = 0 Days 20 - 25c = 3 Days 25 - 30c = 13 Days 30 - 35c = 9 Days over 35c = 6 Hottest month I've ever experienced!
  10. I'm thinking of going to Svalbard next year (in summer) to explore the place. I experienced near 24 hour daylight in Iceland but it's not quite far enough north for the midnight sun. My dream is to visit Antarctica but it not an easy one! Been avidly reading the diaries of Shackleton & Scott recently - so interesting! I'm very drawn to the ends of the Earth for whatever reason...
  11. Still at least we get some daylight in those bleak months... Imagine Svalbard! Sunset in November and back in Feb!
  12. Now had it on since maybe late Feb or early March. Might go on in Oct or November. Doors 'n windows all open but then not a fair test as I ain't in England and live on the top floor of a very warm building. I actually forget what its like to be cold now...
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    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    I know some bits of German and I am learning. But you can get by easily without any German in this city. A lot of ex-pats, social events and such. The history of the city (Allied occupation and such) means the locals are very used to non-German voices. It's a really fun place to be - especially in summer. So much going on and very very chilled out. Glad to skip the endless cloud & damp of Nottingham that's for sure. I don't need an endless summer - but do at least need something that lasts more than a few days here & there!
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    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    Odds on today for our first maximum below 27c since 31st July. A big frontal system lies to our south and is dumping huge amounts of rain over the country. We're on the northern edge so it is just cloudy with temps in the low 20s. The 30+ temps are behind us now I think but we return to the mid to high 20s from tomorrow.
  15. Likewise - I'm far happier in the April-July period than at any other time of year (with Oct-Jan period the opposite being true). Definitely feel the light dropping and there being far less time to play with on weekday evenings. Still we've got time yet before outdoor life is restricted to a brief few hours on weekends only. I also too do like those odd really cold winter nights, the odd bit of snow & the fun around Christmas. But the week after week after week of darkness mid afternoon, low cloud & the 'oh look its 3c again' is very trying indeed.