Today it is raining. It has been raining since about 7am. The light levels are low and the rain is very heavy. There is also the occasional rumble of thunder. We can hear water gushing down the drainpipes, battering the extension roof lights and bouncing off the steps outside. The gutters are overflowing. It is quite exciting, awesome even, all this water pouring out of the sky. The sea is a moody green-grey and rippled by the rain. The dark clouds in the sky are as grey as a shark’s armpit. *
*I cannot take the credit for that wonderful simile. I heard it on Radio 4 during a wonderful piece by A.L.Kennedy about August in Scotland. I’ve searched for it on BBC i-player but I can’t find it to link to it for you. Sorry.