This is a holiday weekend in England, as today is is the Public Holiday called August Bank Holiday. Most people don’t have to go to work today, and except for the chain stores and big supermarkets, almost all the shops are closed too. It is traditional to make something of the weekend, with many leaving for a trip last Friday, to a place of interest, the seaside, or perhaps to see relatives.
Being England, the weather decided to spoil that for everyone. After the unusually hot and unbroken summer, yesterday saw strong winds, lashing rain, and a remarkable drop in temperatures. For the first time since April, we actually felt cold. Lots of neighbours put on their heating for the first time in months, and people could be seen out and about wearing heavy coats with hoods.
We were supposed to be going out with friends to a barbecue nearby, but cancelled that trip two hours before, as it seemed pointless to be outside in such weather, pretending to enjoy ourselves eating wet food under umbrellas. Though we resisted turning on the heating, a long dark afternoon sitting feeling cold did eventually inspire us to get out, and we went to a local Indian restaurant for some Tandoori specialities. The roads were awash on the way, and the nearby town almost deserted, due to the bleak conditions. Once back home, we could hear the twigs and acorns falling from the trees, battering the house, shed, and garage.
It has stopped raining for now, and tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and hot once again. But autumn is on the way, and Sunday’s early appearance was undoubtedly a ‘coming attraction’.