So That Was Summer

“Guess what!” said a greying man as he stepped out of the cafe.
“It’s stopped raining?” answered his daughter looking up hopefully. Looking up at dangerously heavy grey clouds wasn’t that reasuring and the two of them pulled out rain capes before unlocking their bikes and cycling away.

After three weeks of punishing heat, the hottest July on record, August is turning autumnal very fast. The temperature has dropped about 15 degrees and every day is rainy. Several Dutch people, including the bus driver, have commented that we’re into autumn already.

Last week I photographed the gay parade in bright sunshine, the week before I sat outside at this cafe drinking wine in the sun and wearing very little. Today I’m wearing shoes and sox, trousers, shirt, coat and a woollen scarf. So that was summer then.


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