Monday, 25 June 2007
Rain must not stop play
Leaving behind clear blue skies and happy relaxed guests round the pool I snatched a few days away on a last minute cheap flight His Lordship and 2b have excelled themselves of late at Le Chateau and I excitedly packed a few summer clothes in a bag ready for a jaunt at my little hideaway in Dorset. Thoughts of cream teas, leisurely walks and browsing in all my favourite little shops sprang to mind and I packed an extra wrap just in case it became chilly. Tucked into the corner of the suitcase was my swimsuit for a quick dip on my favourite beach Burton Bradstock, pictured above. I should have known something was amiss when Easyjet made the announcement that the plane was delayed due to heavy rain at Bristol. An audible low groan was heard from the passengers.
Last night though Glastonbury in Somerset was surely the hot place to be. Anyone who was not blown away by the ageing rockers The Who's faultless performance missed an event that will only be equalled by the excitement of the spectacular firework display in Carcassonnne on Bastille Day, July 14th in France. I cheated of course, my excuse being that I had left my Hunter wellies and Barbour in some long forgotten corner in France and instead watched in some comfort with a large gin and tonic to hand.
Life at Le Chateau it seems glides along smoothly and untroubled, its calm waters only broken by the pool cleaner doing its daily trudge along the bottom. All my hollyhocks are out and well over 8 feet high, the figs are ripening rapidly in the garden, and most exciting of all the bright yellow happy faces of the sunflowers are beginning to appear dotted over the landscape.
And me ? Adopting that spirit for which the British are most famous for, refusing to let a few raindrops stand in the way of enjoyment. As my Grandfather said 'if you wait for the weather you'll wait forever'(unless you live in the south of France)