Welcome to the first heat wave of 2014 folks!
Unfortunately it didn't get as far as the North East.
I really don't begrudge the South some lovely sunshine as I know the Winter weather has been particularly harsh this year. Whilst Newcastle has enjoyed a very mild Winter with quite a bit of sunshine the news has been full of awful stories from the southern counties who've seen torrential rain and severe flooding. However I am still a little gutted that we haven't enjoyed the beautiful temperatures that London has this weekend.
I know we've definitely reached Spring now as my obsession with checking the forecast on an hourly basis has begun. I'm a sun chaser, I plan all weekend activities round the sunshine and if the forecast suddenly changes to sun poor Simon will suddenly find himself off for an enthusiastic stroll somewhere rather than enjoying the original plan of sitting about in a cinema eating pick and mix that he'd spent days looking forward to.
Our forecast this morning was looking sunny so I pleaded my case and was very happy that I managed to convince him to do the 40 minute walk to Saltwell Park to hunt down some spring flowers. This was only after I promised that I wouldn't go on and on about how warm and sunny it is in London today or moan if the sun didn't appear.
Getting a little carried away my original wardrobe consisted of no socks, Summer shoes and my Spring mac before Simon pointed out that we live in the North East and maybe I should wrap up a little warmer. I begrudgingly agreed and opting for a warmer outfit we headed out.
Simon was right! It was freezing cold, the sky was thick with clouds and the sun we were promised was absolutely nowhere to be seen.
I think I was true to my promise for about 3 minutes before I started whinging like a sulking child about the lack of sunshine. I don't know why I choose to believe the BBC forecast like it's the gospel truth but if it says it's going to be sunny I feel very cheated when it isn't.
That said we had a lovely stroll round the park and it was great to stretch our legs and get out into the fresh air.
Spring flowers have always been my favourites and whilst the daffodils weren't in full bloom yet we saw some beautiful primroses and crocuses.
After about an hour strolling around it was getting a little too chilly so we headed back to the flat.
Can anyone guess what happened the second we got through our front door? Yep Mr Sunshine decided to come out and play. So me and him have had a bit of a falling out, I'm ready to forgive him only if he promises to reappear next weekend.
I know I'm going to regret asking this because I'll be jealous, but how did you enjoy the sunshine today.