Sea­sons to be cheer­ful – it is a good sum­mer

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

ARMED with a giant glass of iced wa­ter, and cooled by an elec­tric fan, I am writ­ing this col­umn on yet an­other won­der­ful bak­ing hot day.

Out­side, the gar­den is wilt­ing in a 30 de­gree heat, but still peo­ple are com­plain­ing about the ‘dread­ful’ sum­mer.

Why do we cling to our na­tional ob­ses­sion that, even while liv­ing through a glo­ri­ous Au­gust, we still have plenty to com­plain about?

Yes, it rained briefly a cou­ple of days ago, but that doesn’t make it a bad sea­son, as I have heard sev­eral peo­ple say re­cently.

This year we have man­aged bar­be­cues, many out­door drinks, and even open-air the­atre, with­out hav­ing to do the usual scarper­ing in­doors.

At one per­for­mance years ago, the rain was so bad at an out­door Shake­speare play that Romeo and Juliet had to go in­side and towel them­selves down in the mid­dle of a per­for­mance, be­fore re­turn­ing to the stage.

Swathed in rugs and macs and scarves un­der a shel­tered stand, we in the au­di­ence had to sus­pend dis­be­lief as poor old Juliet died all over again. All very Bri­tish.

I may be in­doors as I write this, but I ven­tured out ear­lier, first for a cof­fee in the shade with a friend, then with Mr F in a hot car (thank good­ness for air con­di­tion­ing) to The Dogs’ Trust in Hare­field, to drop in some old bed linen.

Did you know they wel­come tow­els, throws, quilts, pil­lows, cush­ions etc for the dogs to en­joy a bit of home com­fort? I don’t think they ac­tu­ally make up king size beds for them though…

We also de­posited five bags of stuff at var­i­ous char­ity shops, and chucked more stuff at the Civic Amenity Site (aka the dump), only a few yards away from where the dogs are wait­ing to be re­cy­cled.

Yes, we’ve been hav­ing an­other clear out; the sub­ject of many col­umn inches by me and oth­ers.

I just wish we could de­clut­ter our minds from all the over-used mantras and phrases that clog up our heads and our na­tional psy­che. One of the new­est, when peo­ple are asked for a com­ment is: “It is what it is.” WHAT?

The dreaded ‘roller­coaster of emo­tions’ is still with us too – and I’ve been moan­ing about it for years.

And now peo­ple com­plain­ing about bad sum­mers (even when it’s a good one) is get­ting my goat.

Let me know your ir­ri­ta­tions.

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