This past weekend, my best friend N had a BBQ.  He planned it meticulously – it was a rather large scale undertaking – giving everyone two months lead time and making sure everyone was available to come.  In the weeks building up to the day, the weather looked like it was cooperating.  We have become used to balmy days, long summer evenings out in beer gardens etc.  In fact in England, if you get two warm, dry days in a row, you declare it summer and act accordingly.  (In some parts of the country, two warm, dry hours are enough for summer to be declared.  Two days would be referred to as the Great Drought of 2014. It’s all about perspective.) Read the rest of this entry »

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