It's another cold, rainy day in Scotland. To be honest, I don't really mind the rain so much; not here anyway. Most days when it rains, it's more of a misty sort of sprinkling that will eventually soak you if you stay out in it too long, but it's not so much that you can't take the dogs for a walk. I can usually take Hermione on a good half hour to 45 minute stroll before I feel the need to remove my soggy coat and shoes. Today, however, is definitely a rainy day to be contended with.
The kind of day where it's good you can stay indoors, cuddled up under a blanket, with a cup of coffee in your favourite mug and three dogs squishing you on the couch. A good book wouldn't go amiss either. I didn't even know it was raining when I first took Hermione out this morning, but if I had been listening, I would have heard the cars splashing through the puddles on the street and would have been a bit more prepared. I stepped out the front door only to be blasted by a huge gust of wind the sprayed me with rain coming down so hard and being blown so strongly that it was sideways.
It's the kind of rainy day where the wind is howling down the streets and the drops are so fat and falling fast that only six minutes outside to let your puppy do her business, leaves your coat soaked through. It's also the kind of rain where the cracks and bumps in the roads and sidewalks end up filled with water and if it keeps it up, we'll have sidewalk flooding. Not to mention, there are a lot of cracks and bumps on our street because it is made entirely of cobble stones. Have you ever seen a cobble stone street after a down pour? Not pretty, unless you're a duck.
It's this kind of rain that I think people believe happens in Scotland all of the time. I'm glad it doesn't because for how often it rains, we would never be able to leave the house. I can handle the misting/foggy rain, that feels more like a mister you might have in your back garden if you live in a hotter part of the United States, but these down pours keep even the bravest souls indoors; Wellies, and umbrellas or not.
So, yes, it rains in Scotland and it can be kind of soggy, but today it is more than a little soggy; it's a lot soggy.