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As I write this post, it’s pouring with rain outside. In fact, it has been raining for the last three days virtually non-stop! I guess this is is the risk you run living in the UK, but we are in the month of August! Come on, rain gods….what’s going on?!

The skies are grey, the roads are wet and slippery, it’s damp and windy and everyone looks miserable as they huddle under umbrellas that won’t stay open in the wind. However, as the British would say “At least, it’s not cold”. The British are masters of understatement.

Work and rain
Waking up to the rain is bad enough, but when you have to go to work in the rain it’s even worse. If you have to catch a train or bus to work, the journey can be a nightmare. Not only do you have to struggle with an umbrella that won’t do what you want it to do, you then have to sit or stand with a soggy umbrella against your legs slowly soaking your feet and shoes. There are always far more people on the buses or trains as the people who would normally walk decide to use public transport on rainy days. That means crowded buses and train carriages with fewer seats and an uncomfortable journey to work.

The journey to work by car is rarely much better. Once again, those people who would normally cycle or walk to work drive creating more traffic on the roads and therefore more traffic jams. The result? You have more irritated people arriving late for work. Not a good start to the day.

No work and rain
On the other hand, waking up to the rain on your day off or at the weekend is a whole different kettle of fish. While you may not relish the idea, there are a number of things you could do to fill up your day that could be fun.

You could:

1. Switch the alarm off and carry on sleeping.

2. Snuggle up under the bed covers or duvet with a good book.

3. Lounge around in your pyjamas all day doing absolutely nothing.

4. Have a soothing or relaxing bubble bath.

5. Do some baking or cooking. I love baking cakes or preparing soup on rainy days.

6. Veg out in front of the TV and catch up with all the films or TV programmes you’ve been meaning to watch. You could have a marathon screening of the films or programmes.

7. Catch up with your reading. It could be books, magazines or all those newspaper supplements that have been piling up by your bedside for weeks.

8. Invite friends or family over for a meal and play board games afterwards.

9. Sit comfortably in your favourite armchair and make a series of phone calls to friends and family you haven’t spoken to in ages (a long time).

10. Take a long afternoon nap. This is my all-time favourite pastime on rainy days (or any other day for that matter!).

What do you do on rainy days?

Continuing with the theme of rain, you might like this post I wrote sharing 6 British English Rain Expressions.

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Ciao for now