When we arrived in August, the weather was very hot and humid, in fact rather horrible for a Northerner like me. Not at all as pleasant as the guidebooks said. Clearly disturbed by the heat, and being a newcomer and a total stranger to most people I met, I often used this classical strategy to “break the ice” (if it hadn’t already melted in the heat, that is). And it actually struck me that people seemed to be just as enthusiastic to talk about the weather here in
And maybe it will. In fact, it appears to be already happening. Not because of chatting, but due to the burning of fossil fuels.
I just learnt that several large trees have fallen at our summer house estate, due to a really great storm. Trees normally don’t fall very easily in
Moreover, reports from
Climate change appears to be affecting
But that was some months ago. Since December, the weather in
This makes me a little nervous however. I will obviously not get any weather-chatting practice for a while. What if I loose this important ability, which I learnt to master so well after 30 years of cultural education in