Sunday, 19 August 2012

Lucifer Rising

The African anti-cyclones are at it again.

We've survived Scipio, Charon, Ulysses, Minos and Nero. At the moment, we're sweltering through Caligula. But as soon as that's due to finish, the none-more-ominously entitled Lucifer arrives.

The Met Office are playing a dangerous game here, as there's really nowhere to go after Lucifer; and they run the risk that an even hotter one may yet arrive, and they'll be forced to call it Keith or Nigel.

Anyway, we're taking a mini-break and heading down to Le Marche for a few days, returning on Thursday. Round about the same time that Lucifer gets into town!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A Touch of Grey

It's raining. Properly raining. Proper, cold, wet rain dropping from a grey Welsh sky. I stand in the garden and look upwards so as to feel it properly on my face. I feel ridiculously happy. I'm tempted to stretch out on the grass and just lie there, being rained on, but it strikes me that my friends might just start to worry about me. And I'd be soggy for the rest of the day. Sometimes you can take this nostalgia thing too far.

What else?

Cars : I thought they might take some getting used to, but no. I guess they're just too ingrained in our collective consciousness to ever seem like a novelty again. I'm reminded how grateful I should be to live in a car-free city.

Beer : Great big foaming pints of malty, hoppy, lukewarm smelling-of-pubs BEER. I'm sorry. I'm starting to dribble now.

Green spaces : This was a strange one. I was very aware how very green everything looked. Venice isn't over-endowed with open green spaces or public parks, and I suddenly became aware how the rolling hills of mid-Wales seem to stretch away forever, looking just so green. And the silence - nothing except the occasional rumble of a heavy vehicle going past. No rumble of shopping trollies or wheelie bags. No cries of OHE from gondoliers.

English : Being spoken everywhere! Fighting the impulse to use Italian in shops. The fear that saying "Ciao" might be taken as an affectation and not just a slip of the tongue.

The Olympics : Blimey. It really was everywhere.

36 hours later, and we're back home. It feel strange to be writing that, but a four day break was enough to make the whole experience seem a little bit surreal again. But home is what it is, and how lucky we are.

I still miss the beer though.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

A Short Break

Right, we're off back to the UK for a long weekend, so if you wonder why there've been no posts for a while, that's the reason.

I am looking forward to being properly cold and wet, and my first decent pint in nearly six months!