Sunday, May 31, 2020

Summer is here… bring out the umbrella


By Glen Turner – Special to the Sydenham Current

Well… I look outside, and that determines my next little column.

What topic is most frequently discussed around here?

Roads? Prices? Gas costs? Politics? Schools?


Yeah, we seem to chat most about current conditions sent by good ol’ Mother Nature.

We hear – too much rain… too little rain… too humid… too much snow… not enough sun… too much sun (not lately) – damp cold… dry cold… late frost… early frost… shoveling snow…

And, of course, all the related topics – garden not growing, grass growing too fast, large numbers of mosquitoes, tics and fleas… whether or not snow was cleared… flooding… crops late or flooded – the list is endless.

Many years ago, I chatted with a colleague as we headed to our frozen cars… it was -22C, snowing and blowing, and I commented that we could be walking in shorts, sandals and golf shirts if we lived elsewhere.

“Nope”, he said – “I prefer the change of seasons – winter to spring, spring to summer, and so on.

My reply? “We don’t have ‘change of seasons’. We have two months of nice (July and August) with months of ‘not bad’ (June and September) and eight months of crap!” That’s not ‘change of seasons’, that’s eight months of crap!”

The look on his face told me that he’d never quite thought about it that way.

Then… he agreed!

Oh, I’m not complaining. Well, maybe I am… a bit.

It’s cool and pouring rain and windy as I type this, by the way and, it’s OFFICIALLY summer!


Like many, I’d love a big lottery win. I’d spend November to April on my properties in Jamaica and Aruba that I’d buy, and be back HERE for the boating, swimming and fishing, gardening, my flowers and friends.

Aren’t fantasies wonderful?

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