No wonder people want to live here, is what I'm saying. Near-constant rain is a small price to pay for eternal youth and forgiving dough. And to be honest, today is the first day of actual soakage, precipitation-wise. A few drops fell when we were at a playground the other day and we started to head for the shops, but I noticed that all the local children didn't budge, and after a few minutes' dalliance by the park fountain, the drops had ceased and everyone was back on the swings.
Today, in contrast, is one of those days that just looks grey until you focus on the middle distance as you look out the window and the steady tiny drops resolve themselves like a magic-eye picture and you realise that it's lashing. It's the wetting-est rain, this stealth rain - not a torrential downpour as we might get in America, but a constant, fine mist just on the falling side of gravity, sometimes driven sideways by the wind. This qualifies as a filthy day, with no innuendo necessary.
Rain is forecast for the rest of the week, which is about right, since we're heading down the country (out of town, as you might say) for a little extended-family getaway for a couple of days. I had hoped for walks on the beach, but not in the rain.
And then I went upstairs to find something and got sidetracked by a leftover scone or two, and the rain stopped and a big wodge of blue appeared in the sky and Mabel called me into the bathroom to show me the beautiful rainbow. She's never seen a rainbow before, because they're a much rarer phenomenon in the US, and also because when you tell a four-year-old to look over there while you're driving and you see something interesting, they don't find the right direction for ten minutes and by then it's long gone.
I'm sure there's a metaphor in here somewhere.