Autumn arrives early

More from Beetley man. Not to be confused with Piltdown man…

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This is a holiday weekend in England, as today is is the Public Holiday called August Bank Holiday. Most people don’t have to go to work today, and except for the chain stores and big supermarkets, almost all the shops are closed too. It is traditional to make something of the weekend, with many leaving for a trip last Friday, to a place of interest, the seaside, or perhaps to see relatives.

Being England, the weather decided to spoil that for everyone. After the unusually hot and unbroken summer, yesterday saw strong winds, lashing rain, and a remarkable drop in temperatures. For the first time since April, we actually felt cold. Lots of neighbours put on their heating for the first time in months, and people could be seen out and about wearing heavy coats with hoods.

We were supposed to be going out with friends to a barbecue nearby…

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