When in Wales, always prepare for rain, because the chances are that's what you'll end up getting. Yes, we do have periods of sunny days, but they don't usually last long, and it's only a matter of time before the rain is back. But, you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way.
Don't get me wrong, I do love the sunny, warm days. But I'm one of those strange people who isn't really bothered by rain. I still go for walks in the rain. I still go swimming in the rain (or, I used to when we lived near an outdoor swimming pool). And I still try to take photos of birds in the rain. OK, so I was just inside the back door taking the photos, but that was for the camera's sake, not mine.
I didn't have any luck getting photos of the birds - despite the fact I know they were out there, because I could hear them - but I did get these photos, which Iggy (who has very kindly been helping me sort out photos for my blog posts... Thanks Iggy) thought looked pretty good.
I admit it, I do sometimes complain about the rain. But everyone complains about the weather if we've had the same kind of weather for a long time. It's what people do. But rain isn't all bad. If nothing else, it waters the flowers for you.
These flowers seem to love the rain... We've never needed to do anything to them in the whole 15 months or so we've lived here. The rain waters them, and they basically take care of themselves.
And, for those who prefer not to be out in the rain, there is always the benifit of some time indoors to do those things around the house you've been meaning to do, but didn't do because you didn't want to waste the beautiful, sunny, warm days you've been having.
And, don't forget... Rain is water, and without water none of us could survive.
So, the next time it's raining, don't let the grey sky get you down... Beauty can even be found in among the rain drops. You just have to look a bit harder for it.