It’s snowing still” said Eeyore gloomily
“So it is” said Christopher Robin
“Yes” said Eeyore. “However” he said brightening up a little “we haven’t had an earthquake lately”.
Not until last night that is. We live in a solidly built Victorian house and the earthquake was fierce enough to shake it’s thick stone walls. Before the shake there was a deep rumble which left us wondering whether the boiler was exploding. This happened at 11pm last night and it was on the BBC’s midnight news bulletin and on the front page of the newspaper (printed in London) which was delivered to us at 6.30 this morning. The earthquake measured 3.6 on the Richter scale and centred on Coniston, about 15 miles from us. It originated 8.9 miles underground.
Earlier in the day I had been asked by the Westmorland Gazette to let them know my hopes, aspirations and fears for 2011 and I’d replied that I’d like a ‘normal’ year- without floods one week, a hosepipe ban the next and snow drifts the week after. Now I can add “and no more earthquakes”.
The quotation is from ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ by A A Milne.