Friday, 12 August 2016

Cabin fever and the long term weather forecast


I first heard stories of "cabin fever" in Canada 50 years ago. Trappers and Prospectors living in extreme isolation deep in the winter woods were affected when days were short and food monotonous.  They often ran out of tobacco and cigarette papers then became seriously bored with each others company. The early symptoms included lying in bed all day shooting mice in the roof, with rifles.  When they tired of this they frequently shot their partners.

Then there was the 2002 movie "Cabin Fever" a horror film  universally panned that had an approval rating of 0%. It involved a group of students weekending in a remote cabin, the usual assortment of mad dog, drifters and neighbours plus a flesh eating virus.

Here in W. Ardnamurchan it's a bit different. In August the days are quite long, I don't have to eat pine marten, I don't smoke, my neighbours are mostly sane and I have just shot the last mouse.

No, it's the bloody incessant rain, gloom, grey skies and being housebound by the weather that causes stress, anxiety and glumness. Even Mimi the cat just sits and stares out of the window all day. On the bright side. I checked the Norwegian , BBC and XC weather forecasts Sunday will be dry! sunny! and warm!


3 comments:

Chris Grundy said...

Is that picture in the Cabin Fever post from a book called Cache Lake Country?

Tom Bryson said...

Yes. I bought it 50 years ago in Edinburgh before going to Canada for three years. One of my favourite books.

Chris Grundy said...

One of my favourites as well. My later father had a copy which I read when younger.I managed to buy a reprint from Amazon a couple of years ago.