Everybody talks about the weather in England and this is not surprising.
It changes from minute to minute, so it's always interesting.
Someone once wisely remarked that other countries have a climate,
but England just has weather!
Gretel was amused by all this talk at first,
but she has now got now used to it.
Last week Gretel really understood
why everyone is so concerned about the weather:
you can never be certain what's going to happen.
Though it was spring there was a very heavy snowfall.
As usual,no one expected it.
The pipes in many houses were frozen;
trains failed to run cars got stuck;
there were many accidents on the roads;
lots of people slipped on icy pavements and got hurt,
the weather forecast was very bad.
Everyone complained gloomily,
"What awful weather we're having!Haven't seen anything like it!"and so on.
And then,suddenly, the sun came out, the snow melted and it was spring again.
"Typical!Just typical!"Gretel remarked.
"The way you talk about the weather, Gretel,"Mr.Clark said,
"anyone would think you were English."