Where’d the sunshine go?

While our mainland European neighbours are battling fires and warnings of major heatwaves, we have been standing under our personal raincloud. english weatherIt’s summer in the UK, but you’d never know it.

 

During June, we had the most spectacular weather. We had 30+ degree heat, bright sunshine, long evening walks, BBQs, picnics and sunburn. It was like I was home again…

blandford

blandford flowers

dorset summerdorset summer fields

We even went for a romantic stroll to the Jurassic Coast cliffs to eat our dinner one evening:

jurassic coast

Beautiful English pubs being enjoyed from the outside with a cider:
pub lunch dorset

Stunning beaches:
dorset beach

But then, English weather promptly returned.

Dorset’s summer sunshine has sadly faded behind dark clouds. The heatwaves of June and July have been replaced by waves of side-ways rain, which has resulted in me digging out my umbrella from the back of the wardrobe. Not impressed.

This is the most recent scene from a week ago, lashings of torrential rain in Wareham:

Recently, we returned to Penzance in Cornwall. Despite the grey, we still enjoyed our time on the beaches there.Cornwall beach

Along the coast are old mining structures that are still standing – quite haunting, but a fascinating site along the clifftop walk.

 

cornwall mining penzance

penzance mining

The history of this area of England makes up for the general dreariness of the weather. I love seeing the local history surviving so prominently, becoming a part of the natural landscape.

Now that we are back in Dorset, we are refined to indoor pub lunches and cider-tasting. Until the clouds part once again next June, perhaps.

the stables poole

Apologies for all of the photos of my face. My fiancé is my photographer. 🙂