Yesterday the whole of the British Isles was influenced by cold still arctic air that had sunk down to our latitudes, causing this cold bright weather.
Despite the air temperature being only 5 degrees C it felt much warmer in the sunshine. Warm enough, in fact, to sit quite happily beneath the umbrellas and sip your coffee.
We took a long walk along the beach and when we got back to the car, which had been parked due south, the interior temperature was 21 degrees C! How's that for passive solar gain. What better demonstration of the power of the sun than this.
Incidentially the waters around the Isle of Wight have some of the strongest tides in the country. But so far none of this power is being harnessed.
Last week the Crown Estates published the latest round of winners for contracts to build next generation windfarms. The winners for West of Isle of Wight, which would be the closest to Southsea are Eneco New Energy
This company from Holland grew out of the municipal power generating companies of the Hague, Dordrecht and Rotterdam which were originally owned by the local authorities of those three cities.
Their website suggests that they are dedicated still to citizen participation.
Isn't it a shame that the wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight closed down. They would have been the perfect partners.