Early June diary
The first half of June presented more meteorological ups and downs than a ravine riven jungle. Sun relaxing in secluded garden one minute, the next minute marauding like a tiger in the bushes. One day our cat was sniffing the sunshine, the next day she was brooding in a warm but humid greenhouse bemoaning the bouncing rain. My beans were full of hope winding up the poles of summer reaching for the sky even as their bottom leaves were wilting after being mauled by the exit poles of the wild winds of June!
Peeks of sunshine warm and damp followed by gales, rough seas, and racing clouds. It was reassuring to see the lifeguards at Langland and Rotherslade to supervise my daily swim. Walking around the cliff path the sea was heaving in revolt, with ribbons of spume striding off with a cob on after arguing with the rocks.
The grass meadow was in flower and damp with pollen looking for a drying wind. The yuccas were a blur of pungent flowers despite the wind.
On my way back from the beach via Oystermouth cemetery, I passed the time of day with an old vixen with a mouth full of bones, and we waxed winsome about the fragility of life as we sympathised about our aches and pains. Then she trotted off to chew the afternoon away to a snooze.
The magpies were surfing the wind looking for nestlings that had been shaken from their sanctuary and were ripe for picking. I came across a fledgling jackdaw under a shrub in the park at Southend and I left it there, wide blue-eyed and waiting patiently for its mum. Daisies chopped down by the wind ended up as a sherbet fountain, imprisoned in a kitchen vase.
The tough old buttercups were a choir of joy in rhythm with the winds of all directions. Everywhere shrubs were in blossom and summer was somersaulting along every way fare of there and back again. Well into the second week in June and the rough weather was back. On Sunday, the lifeguards were practicing rescuing dummy bodies from the sea. It might be in such challenging circumstances that they will be called into action.
The sea is now 12.5 to 13 degrees and a pleasure to swim. Sheltering in our beach hut after my swim we sat out a heavy shower that produced an eerie image of Langland Bay through the rain-speckled door. Now here we are at the end of the second week in June and the sun is winning through and it is smiles all around again. Summertime and the living is easy. Time for a snooze.
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His poetry can be seen here: http://baitthelines.blogspot.co.uk/
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Jim has also written a biography of his childhood in the Lower Swansea Valley: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Growing-Lower-Swansea-Valley-Memoirs/dp/1530977746