I thought I had the ideal photograph for this week's west weather theme. Taken about 25 years ago, it showed my daughter holding an umbrella over my head as I tried to cook our first meal on a barbecue. We had bought the barbecue as a summer present to ourselves as we were not going away on holiday. (This was long before the term "staycation" came into vogue). The barbecue took ages to light and just when I thought the coals were hot enough, down came the rain! And my husband got his camera out to record the occasion. Unfortunately I cannot find the photo! We never really went into barbecuing after that.
Neither have I photographs of ancestors holding umbrellas - or even parasols, and I cannot say it ever occurred to me or my family to take pictures of rain. So instead I am taking a nostalgic look back at holidays with less than perfect weather - but hey, in Britain we learn to enjoy ourselves whatever is thrown at us.
My early memories recall my father building a house out of deck chairs on an empty damp Bournemouth beach. I think my mother had decided that a look around the shops was a better wet weather option, but my brother and I enjoyed our makeshift tent. On another wet occasion we donned our willies and went a walk along the Chimes (cliffs) to collect pine cones which we later used in Christmas decorations.
As a student I was coming back on a crowded Dover ferry. As we perched on our cases on the top deck, the heavens opened as we approached Dover harbour and we got soaked - but thought it was hilarious. On the train to London we scrambled around trying to find some dry clothes in our luggage, before we began the long journey north to Scotland. That is almost my main memory of that holiday!
It even poured down on our wedding day in July and we have no photographs of the occasion taken outside.
Many years on, and another ferry - this time from Oban to Mull - still on the top deck braving the elements with a very wet dog.
Sheltering from the wind on Iona in May - though our dog does not look much happier.
The hills are alive with "The Sound of Music!
We have had our share of downpours and mountain thunderstorms on holiday in Austria and this was the dramatic sky just after we landed at Salzburg Airport.
BUT NEVER MIND THE WEATHER - WE HAD FUN!
P.S. I am writing this on one of the hottest days I can remember for a very long time - what a contrast!
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