Wellies they are wonderful, oh wellies they are swell,
Cause they keep oot the water, an’ they keep in the smell,
An’ when yer sittin in a room, you can always tell,
When some bugger takes off his wellies.
One thing that I miss about the Northern Winters is escaping that droochit feeling – being wet through from rain being splashed up your legs and into your shoes from passing trucks and buses. Something about the Scottish weather brings out the survivalist in a person. There is only one way to stay dry in Scotland – invest in sturdy wellies & raincoats. Forget umbrellas – these invariably end up inside out, back to front and completely knackered.
Of course, the Scots being the Scots, you will commonly find them out in the rain and sub-zero temperatures in singlets and sandals. There is, apparently, a good reason for this – to stop the gene for red hair becoming extinct.
The non scientific research found that in areas where the temperatures in summer were cooler and winter days were shorter – such as in Scotland – people with ginger hair were more likely to survive and evolve. Bad weather blamed for Scotland having ‘more people with ginger hair
Here in Australia, people thankfully are a little bit more sensible about safeguarding their health. Either that or the wellie boot is just appreciated for its innate ability to marry form and function – particularly when crafted in silver rubber and as worn by Nicky Lavigne…
I’m not really a fan of the rain. I like listening to it when I’m indoors, but having to go out in the rain doesn’t excite me one bit. Having my makeup run, my hair go frizzy and ruining a good pair of shoes or boots isn’t something I live for. However, after living in the US for eleven years, pouring rain and snowstorms are things you do have to live with.
I have to segue here for a minute to let everyone know how much I heart New York. Empire State of Mind is played by me at least once a day, if not more. I’ve been back to visit once since my return last April and I’m planning another before the end of this year. I miss my friends a lot and I also miss the buzz of The City that Never Sleeps…my NY.
I was there in February. The hottest month in Sydney and the coldest in the North East of the United States. After living there for so many years, I’m not used to the stifling heat and was craving cold weather. So off I went, with a half-packed suitcase. I took the essentials, but knew I’d shop (of course). There are a couple of pieces of wet-weather clothing, other than an umbrella, which is an accessory and actually not classified as clothing at all, that were in my suitcase because they are essential for New York. These include a raincoat, with a hood, a pair of leggings that are a fabric that is quick drying (I wear Lululemon) because, let’s face it, no raincoat is long enough to keep one totally dry in a deluge and wearing wet pants to meet friends for coffee, isn’t fun, or sexy. The reason you need leggings is so you can look stylish in chilly winter whilst wearing the other crucial item, which is a pair of Wellingtons/galoshes/rainboots.
Before I left, I had one pair of wellies….green Hunter boots. I’d been eyeing silver ones for a while, so I had bought them online before I left and had them shipped to a friend’s apartment in NY. They would be there on my arrival. How I love technology…
They were perfect. I was able to wear them in the snow and the slush (once the snow melted) and never ruined any of my other boots that I’d taken with me. P
I love, love, love them. Enough that when it does rain now, I decide what pair I’m wearing and get dressed accordingly. In all the years I lived in NY, I tried other rainboots, but these were the most comfortable for me. Plus, they’re made in one piece, so they don’t leak. Hunter also makes a fleece inner lining for the colder weather (I own these also in a couple of colors).
It’s amazing how many comments I receive when I wear them. More with the silver than the green. They’re so simple, but oh, so stylish and I wear them with jeans, leggings, dresses or skirts and in all seasons.
Above was yesterday’s outfit and below is today’s.
If it keeps raining, I’ll wear the greenies tomorrow.
For those of you outside Sydney – here is a photo of Nicky dressed to kill in orange boots.