July into August summer diary
Summer waterfalls of drizzle are blowing across the middle of July, and the mist is close to saturation. The very same grasses that were ripening as a meadow, are now tousled like dank hair after a lie-in. The next day the sun comes out and the chef has got his hat on, serving warm pollen on the red-carpet beans of summer, while the busy bee waiters are buzzing around ready to serve the runner bean dinners of August.
The living is easy on summer conversations with the regulars at Rotherslade, while we all enjoy the warm days that are alternating with the grey humid days. The sea is wonderful, and the sea lavender is a sedate amethyst veil behind the bays. Our cat is riding the Rio Grande, ears pinned back at speed, while the nasturtiums climbing the bean poles look down in amazement.
Gyrating like knitting needles
To prove it is summer an evil sky grows and a thunderstorm says so in a loud voice, grumbling across the holidaymakers. The nasturtiums, playing peek-a boo on beans, nod in the huge droplets, while the lobelia glares like deadly nightshade. The newly opened lavender blossoms are gyrating like knitting needles darning the storm. On these warm midsummer nights, every window is open and the storm is a rainforest cacophony.
The thunder continues to rumble until the empty tummy of a breakfast day is satiated by a “get on with it” waiting in the sunshine.
The sea is silky and languid as the warm drizzle passes and is caressing the rocks, and no longer imitates the fury of winter.
The warm breeze is playing with the sunlight on my skin, as I dream beneath trees in the high gardens of summer. Every fruit tree is setting away this honeydew day. What cliché of the pristine blue skies could describe how good it feels?
Why our preoccupation with the weather? Well, a monsoon has arrived and the lavender now looks like used pipe cleaners. There are big waves for my swim and the evil rip tide is lurking where it always lays in wait. The lifeguards are alert in this rough high tide that is rolling back the pebbles in a roar. The sea weed is piling up to high heaven.
Ants are partying
Then, before long, summer again, so mustn’t complain. But to doff my sun hat to the day is like frying an egg. The ants are partying on my apple stump glistening in the sun.
Schools out. The sea is boiling with children in full shriek. The lifeguards are on their chair as the sea drops away to low tide refusing to play. Summer is teetering on the summit of its days.
Summer days caress the nostalgia
I was thinking, whilst walking across the grass to the beach, how we share with the fields their complicity in the adventures of childhood. How the summer days caress the nostalgia that we need to get us through the winter. The bees know, swinging like trapeze artists on the long lavender and runner bean stems. These are the days when summer is biding its time.
Look out! Here comes the rain. A quick swim and then dash off home to make some cakes for high tea on a high summer.
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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
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