Hello from a very hot and humid and
at times wet England!
We have been having the most amazing Summer here. Our weather has been extraordinarily hot, nice for us here by the coast as there is always a breeze to be had but not in towns where the breeze has been non-existent! Over the past few days this weather has caused storms never before seen here and apparently more suited to ‘Tornado Alley’ in USA. There is always something exciting about storms, the distant rumbling of thunder that gets closer and louder with every clap and then the lightning which was amazing and lot up great swathes of the sky!!! It finished yesterday with lots of flooding in the area………a lot mainly due to poor drainage. I was shopping in our local supermarket and when I came out hadn’t taken if my shoes and wade to my car…..not a problem, better than having wet shoes and my feet were clean!! Not so good when your house is flooded, it leaves a dreadful mess and depressing!!! Still, the sun is shining today again and all is well with the world.
So, this week has been a very busy one for all kinds of reasons. Schools have now broken up for the. Summer holidays and that means that everywhere is very much busier, my cycle rides to work on Thursday will not be
the pleasant, reflective a rides that they have, instead they will be replaced by families trekking to the beach armed with picnics and a plethora of beach toys. It is great news for the vendors and funfairs as this is the nearest
seaside to London, so visitors are very welcome and will bring the town much-needed business. There are always lots of activities on offer from water skiing to boat trips to funfairs to entertainment and food galore! Happy days!
We had the London to Southend Bike Ride this weekend, around 52 miles and raising money for The British Heart Foundation it is always well attended and crowds are willing to turn out to encourage the riders. A great event.
There were two more festivals this weekend, one in Suffolk The Latitude Festival….Friday to Sunday and boasting four stages with an amazing array of acts from comedians, bands, musicians……..all ready to entertain, I am going to go next year to experience it myself! Then the Longitude Festival held for the second time in Dublin, which is arranged by the organisers of the Latitude. I know people who attended both and gave excellent reviews. Just a shame you cannot always control the weather!
One of the things I love to do in the Summer is to walk to the beach with my chair and swim (if the tide is right) and watch the water skiers and jet skiers doing their stuff and watching as the sky turns to that lovely orangey red you see on these Summer evenings. Where I live is away from the main town so the beach is always more quiet and not so busy, just about right!!! People are still sitting outside their beach huts enjoying the breeze, altogether lovely.
The big event coming up of course is The Commonwealth. Games, started in 1930 they have been held very 4 years since then. There are 52 member countries and The Paralympic Games are held alongside the games rather than afterwards. It will be a great event and there will be much television coverage and wall to wall commentaries and discussions as to who will win. We are pin I g our running hopes on Mo Farrah, a great guy, very popular and only missing the Commonwealth triumphs to his collection. I remember going to the Olympics here in 2012 and it was truly one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my life, the atmosphere was electric! I would love to get to these games, I will look for availability on-line.
Some friends of mine are over from India visiting family and friends and I love to have them over, they are extremely entertaining and a joy to cater for. This time I made a gin and tonic cake to celebrate their visit, it was delicious and I did wonder how many slices one would have to eat before being over the limit!!!!
Have a great week, one this is both surprising and exciting………