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Have you still got your heating coming on in May?

If it felt abnormally cold for the first week of May, you are absolutely right!

Just when we thought it was time to put away our coats and winter woolies, temperatures have plummeted again, and in true British style, everyone is talking about the weather and how cold it is!

The Met Office said overall April was warmer and drier than average, but temperatures fell as the month went on, with frosts and even snow in some areas.

The unexpected cold nights are said to be the worst seen by winemakers for the last 20 years. Frost damaged vines in vineyards across Kent and Sussex mean that the harvest will likely be delayed for a year.

Gardeners will have noticed that some spring shrubs have been knocked back by the frosts, coupled with the extremely dry conditions too, this makes for a challenging time in the garden.

What is happening where you live?  Have you switched your heating off yet?  How is your garden?  Have you lost any plants or shrubs to the frost?

 

Have you still got your heating coming on in May?

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iestynlad
19th May 2017
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86% proving a justification for the winter fuel allowance
Clio
15th May 2017
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I turned my central heating timer off about a month ago, but have found myself pressing the override button a lot lately!
IvorB
15th May 2017
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My wife suffers with the cold
Koda
15th May 2017
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We have a log burner which is still being lit in the evenings, lovely and cosy too.
sparrer
12th May 2017
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The old country saying was taught by my step-dad many years ago -'Ne'er cast a clout til May is out', Clout - coat or shawl, May could refer to the blossom or month. I feel the cold due to a chronic disease so lead a very sedentary life, hence I wear a sweater and keep the heating on as long as possible. So I think of the clout as a piece of clothing.
Wilf
12th May 2017
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That's interesting sparrer as I was thinking the other day what a clout could be! Many thanks
Lionel
12th May 2017
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Growing up in West Norfolk in the early fifties clouts were the woolly underwear, woolly vest, long johns etc, which itched badly.

My grand mother, who part raised me for my first eight years, was a late Victorian, a cook in a big house. She was strict to the letter. She would not allow me to shake off those wretched itchy clothes until at least first day of June.

It got worse in deep Norfolk winters. Whenever I had a cold ... head in an enamel bowl of Friars Balsam and a woolly vest plastered on the inside with Kaolin Poultice. Next morning a very rough wash down and syrup of figs.

Within minutes I'd be up the yard and on the bucket. Horrible stuff. It's taken me fifty years to eat a fig roll!

Don't get me on stomach upsets, they were so much worse with granny.
Wilf
12th May 2017
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I remember wollens Lionel and winters with no central heating we used to scrape the frost from the insides of the windows. Sometimes it was so thick we had to use our fingernails like chisels to scratch a bit out. No woollens nowadays-cottons with layers and fleeces are the order of the day and witha lack of hair even a fleece hat inside!...the wonders of the 21st century...still too tight to have the heating on in May!!!!
ReeceR
12th May 2017
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Heating is off, just using my woodburner when the evenings get chilly now. Hopefully summer isn't to far away.
Lionel
12th May 2017
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We too have a wood burner. It's been our main source of heat for many years. Fortunately, we have sole access to pallets from a small rural trading estate a dozen miles away. There's so much wood we give away more than half that which we collect.

Tonight, here in North Suffolk, it's down near freezing so the wood burner is going, dogs stretched out on the hearth rug. Home!

For me home is wife, wood burner and dogs.

My wife is on SS too so that order may be variable.
issy1234
12th May 2017
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CANT AFFORD IT . IF CHILLY PUT ON MORE CLOTHES AND SHUT CURTAINS
DavidJ4
12th May 2017
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Its the coldest start for May for some years.
Lionel
12th May 2017
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Yes it is. (expletive deleted), cold. We're in a very rural spot, largely uninhabited and the north winds have made life difficult. My Collies would normally be shedding their coats by now, but this year we have that joy yet to come.

Even tonight the wood burner is fired up, curtains shut and it's so very cosy.

Summer? It's very nice, sitting in the garden until bed time, but being rugged up in winter has a lot to commend it.
DavidH8
12th May 2017
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I live on the south west Pembrokeshire coast anvd it was quite cold last night (2 c), with it being colder the previous night, so our central heating was put on again. Calor Gas must be clapping their hands as it is good for business. Ha Ha
minap
12th May 2017
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North east of Scotland temperature has been 10 degrees for the past 2 weeks. Need to put the heating on quite a lot.
lizfid3
11th May 2017
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I have had heating on for 30 minutes in the morning to take the chill off and again for an hour at night as my living room does not get the sun until evening and by then it is too low to heat the place. However tonight I did not need the evening heat so maybe the heating can finally be turned off.... or is that a little too optimstic?
julesb748
10th May 2017
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I have my heating on for an hour in the evening just to take the chill off. My lounge is recessed from the remainder of the front of the house so doesn't get full sun. Hopefully it can be turned for very soon so that I can build up credit on my account to enjoy the benefits of not worrying about the cost in winter.
LornaM3
10th May 2017
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I live in Ontario, Canada and it isn't unusual to have frosty mornings until about the 3rd week in May for a long weekend we have, called "Victoria Day weekend". Yes, we Canadians have a day off work to celebrate the birthday if Queen Victoria. 🙂
We don't plant until that weekend or afterwards, otherwise we risk frost damage to young plants.
Yes, heat still comes on otherwise we'd be below 10 degrees Celsius inside. 🙂
LisaJB
10th May 2017
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Being a single over ''50'' silver surfer, No my heating wouldn't be on in may as its too costly with winter only 4mths away again then really need it...... costs!! so..... blankets and jumpers still on as the queen always advised
Kestrel1935
10th May 2017
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Not had it on in May our weather has been fairly warm
beverly2908
10th May 2017
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Still in winter clothes too
Wendy Edwards
10th May 2017
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I don't know where everyone is living. I haven't had any heating on for months and I've only had a light jumper on once this April/May - just a light, short sleeved top with a very light jacket (or not at times).
CaroleAH
10th May 2017
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I think it's more a question of where do you live, Wendy, as 87% of us who have voted have still got the heating on, plus fleeces and blankets etc although I must admit that it has been a beautiful sunny and warm day today here in North Yorkshire.
Wilf
10th May 2017
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I still have my winter fleeces on and my wife if putting the heating on in the mornings and evenings. It has been really chilly. i feel for all the young animals and birds as they must be freezing when they should be basking in the warmth. Let hope it changes soonest!
Jenninora
9th May 2017
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You are forgetting.
Don't cast a clout until May is out.
Wilf
10th May 2017
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A great saying and so true here in the UK
JulieD
10th May 2017
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The May is out (hawthorn). But still putting the heating on in early morning and evening despite some beautiful sunny weather in between.
Yodama
9th May 2017
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I have 4 huge storage heaters that pump out the heat. I have turned three off. One is sufficient at the moment.
Electricity is scandalously expensive. If Theresa May is serious in her promise to seriously look at the pricing structure, for this alone I will vote for her.
Libor rate fixing, dirty deeds, maybe electricity price fixing, dirty deeds.
CaroleAH
9th May 2017
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Heating still on ............ and my electric blanket - think I've been awarded at least five gold stars from NPower 🙂
Billythequiche
9th May 2017
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Put it back on on Thursday, turned it off this PM.
Lionel
9th May 2017
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Yep! Woodburner still going full tilt. Three Collies stretched out in front of it. If we're lucky we just get to see the stove! And they've still got their full winter coats.

We're still in full winter mode, thick jerseys, hot meals, and seat heaters on in the car. My neighbour planted his taties in February and a deep frost in late April finished them.

I can't speak for my wife (well, I'm not going to, she would not be pleased especially as she's an SS member), but I'm still in thermal underwear! Whilst the inventor of thermal long johns should be sainted I can't write what I like to do to the inventor of tights. Pah!

But let's not say this is so unusual and give place to climate change fanatics. It's just not unusual. Weather is cyclical and this is coming into the colder end of the cycle. So, best advice, buy thermal underwear, visit charity shops and buy cheaply fleeces and thick woolies. We're gonna need them. Better get in quick, this next winter could well be quite cruel.
Jo Kingham
9th May 2017
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I'm doing my upmost not to put it on but cor blimey it's cold !!!
I'm sitting at home with several layers on and a blanket on my knees of an evening to keep warm. I have given in a few times and popped it on but my energy bills have gone up so much recently I'm doing my best not to. I really can't remember a May ever being so chilly - or is it just as I age I feel it more!
Marley444
9th May 2017
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I will be the first one to admit it - yes! I still keep popping my heating on for the odd hour. It is so cold down south - I still have my electric blanket on my bed, which I keep thinking I will take off but still need on every night! I have lost a hydrangea to the frost I think ... it shriveled up and quite a few shrubs have brown leaves at the edges which I think may be frost. I planted a pumpkin a couple of weeks ago when I thought it was warm enough and went away for a few days and returned to find it dead. Roll on the warmer weather - Brrr!

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