These last few days it has been hot. Almost uncomfortably so, but I have managed. I hope you have as well. Only a few days ago, we were moaning about the amount of rain we were having. I’ve spent a period time in an environment where you can pretty much guarantee that it will be light at 0700, dark at 1900 and in between it will be bright, hot unremitting sunlight. I think once, it rained. Very briefly, hot large droplets and it lasted 5 minutes. I didn’t enjoy it, not just the heat, the predictability.
Whilst the uncertainty about weather may drive up us the wall, I would not have it any other way. I love the variability. It could have rained at any time today (I knew it wouldn’t), the forecasters do have some credibility – just a bit.
I’ve always said that my least favourite season is summer. My heat tolerance has always been low. When I was quite young, I got into a situation where I got a dose of sunstroke. That put me off any extended exposure. It’s not that I’m becoming acclimatised to summer, these last two mornings in particular have made me realise that all the seasons have their own characteristics that can be enjoyed.
There were two points in this mornings walk, as I was crossing Clarence Road, next to the tavern I can look down toward the Spinnaker and the lipstick. There was a quality of light on those two buildings, that I’ve seen that light in other places; the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. Then as I was walking along the promenade, the warmth, the waterfront I could have been in anyone of those places. A visitor coming here has so much opportunity, things to see, history to experience – all through the year (I have to maintain the weather link).
I was going to try and make a grand ending, but it didn’t work. Just enjoy the weather, whatever it is!