Monet Flowers 1

Summer Lament

I wandered sweltering as a lava flow

Came across an idyllic scene

Splashes of orange-gold sparkling in the sun

Dappled light-play amongst the green


Monet Flowers 2

It is hard to convey just how hot it feels here, when there is no breath of wind and the sun beats down mercilessly from dawn to dusk. We are only at the beginning of our long summer, with the hottest months of January and February still to look forward to! And there is unlikely to be any rain until next April.

You can drink cold water all day long and still be dehydrated. The slightest exertion brings you out in a sweat. There is no respite; even sitting under the trees does not help when there is no breeze.

That is why this little scene was so welcome.

It reminded me of Monet. Not that I know much about art, but I do know there is a Monet and a Manet. Still, I googled Claude Monet and yes, he was an early impressionist artist who painted like this.

Monet LM 3

While I was drinking in the sights, Little Monkey was far more interested in the scents.

The short walk back to the car in full sun nearly finished me off. The air-con no longer works in my car, so there was no relief even there. And unlike Little Monkey, I cannot drive with my head stuck out of the window!

Send Snow Photos ASAP!!


17 thoughts on “Monet

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚
      Yes, I did sympathise watching the north have such a hot summer a few months ago and before that, a very harsh winter.
      Our weather world wide is becoming more extreme. It only takes a change of a degree or so to make huge disturbances.
      Here’s hoping my summer and your winter will both be mild! πŸ™‚

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Yes – I think CT is heading towards desert! Maybe the northern hemisphere will be covered in snow?
        Here’s hoping you get your White Christmas. πŸ™‚ They were rare in N England even when I was a kid, as it would snow more in January.

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  1. taphian

    what a beautiful place. I love these colors. But speaking about wonderful heat in the summer is nothing for a person that lives here in a dark grey, unpleasant weather. I have forgotten how the sun looks. Have a nice day, kind regards Mitza

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you – it is a lovely place to go with LM.
      Too hot can be as bad as too cold or too grey, but I guess we each have to live with our weather! Have a lovely evening πŸ™‚

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  2. Garfield Hug

    Aww you poor lady in the heat of Capetonian sun!β„β˜ƒοΈβ›„πŸŒŠπŸŒ¬πŸŒ¨πŸŒ§πŸŒ¨πŸŒ§Your photos are so well taken and yes they do like MonetπŸ‘. Meanwhile sending you rain clouds🌨🌧🌨🌧

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much. πŸ™‚
      I think it is slightly easier to deal with the heat if you have grown up in a hot climate, but I grew up in the North of England!


      1. thesecretblind

        What an extreme eh from where you are now, to North England. I am one of the weird people who love all weather’s although extreme heat is not my favourite. It always fascinates me how animals cope with such heat but as you said they know no difference like humans. The temperature has dropped pretty low here in Wales but I love the crispness and the feeling that Christmas is not far away πŸ™‚

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        I also enjoyed the cold approach to Christmas in UK and all the warm indoor activities we’d do as a family. Not quite the same having Christmas over here – mid-summer! πŸ™‚


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