Normally, I wouldn't publicly acknowledge grim news such as this, but seeing as we are now in April and on the first day of British summer time, and
snow predicted to fall in a number of areas through the coming week, one can only conclude that we are getting our first taste of the coming Maunder
Minimum. Summer will arrive this year, but it will be late and short lived, and I would expect to see each subsequent winter to become gradually
harsher and remain as extended as it has been this year. I reckon we may see snowfalls in Britain during June and July within 5 years time?
It might well be hard to gauge the effect a Maunder Mininum ice age may have upon the Britain of today, but there's no doubt the deeper we get into
it, the more damaging it will be. I would not like to be around in fifty years, and fortunately I won't be. The coming years look like they are going
to provide some bitterly cold winters, but at least the electricity and gas companies will be rubbing their hands with glee, as more and more
households extend their useage of heaters and fires, which of course will place a massive strain upon the whole grid system. Now would be a good time
to begin replacing your heating systems to wood burning stoves and ovens, if you can afford it. Begin to look at the feasible options of cutting off
your gas supply, and vastly reducing your electricity supply useage for the short and long term future.
You might also want to look at your bedding and blankets and your clothing. Outdoor country clothing may well be the way to go. Use its sports range
for base layers, and good quality weatherproof outer layers, water resistant trousers and fleeces, good walking socks and boots...and don't forget
quality gloves and hats.
Next thing to look at is the structure of your house and its water pipe and toilet systems. Are the walls sound and damp free, is there any plastering
required, any insulating to be done, cracks to be repaired, etc. When these winters hit it will be no good to begin such work then. Cracks retain
moisture, and winter will freeze and expand it, enlarging the crack. Check your pipes and their joints and seals, but no matter how good your system,
the water will end up freezing in the road at some point. Britain's water infrastructure is ancient and requires huge investment to both fix leakages
and upgrade the system.
Make sure you have the tools to clear snow away from the external walls and pathways of your house, and also, plenty of thick rope which you can throw
up onto thickly covered roofs of snow and drag it off. These are the things you may want to consider thinking about now and in readiness of what may
be coming. If it doesn't happen, all well and good, but if it does, at least you have some preparation that might aid you and your family,
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