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Doune.co has a regular space for local people to contribute short 'Thought of the Month' articles.  Here, Val Morgan reflects on the near passing of a beautiful summer.

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The recent amazing weather gave me pause for thought.

As I lay swinging in my hammock in my garden in Doune, carefully staying in the shade to avoid the scorching sun, I was at last able to enjoy the summer we haven’t had for the last seven years. 

The absence of anything resembling a week or two of reasonably hot, dry, sunny weather we could call a summer had been making me truly miserable.  This discontent reached such an advanced state that I started to call our damp summers ‘Emigration weather’.

But as I lay swinging between the two trees, calculating how long I had to go before I’d needed to decamp inside or burn, I remembered going to southern Ethiopia along the Somali border a couple of years ago where they hadn’t had rain for eighteen months.  The local people were very thin, food and water were scarce, and dead animal carcasses lay around in various states of decay as local rivers, wells and ponds had dried up.

With the recent burst of solar beauty we’ve enjoyed, it has been really nice to see everyone’s smiles, the parks full, the tourists and butterflies out in full force.  It’s been great to have some weeks enjoying the warm ambiance and imagining Scotland is just off the Mediterranean.  But now it’s gone I’m happy to move on to business (or drizzle) as usual. 

Having a moderate climate, including lots of rain which provides us with ample drinking water and irrigation for our crops, and full rivers, is a blessing we’d be stupid to forget – all far more valuable than a tan!  It struck me that without balance, it’s easy for what we most crave to become a source of intense suffering.

So here’s to balance, including the inevitable rain, and hopefully some more sunshine within the next seven years!



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