……Well, hardly ever!”
Chorus and Captain, HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan
This is one of my favourite G&S lines. Here is a YouTube video of the full song if you would like to hear it in context.
Why is it relevant to today’s post? Well, I wanted simply to note the unusually marvellous warm weather we have been having here in Edinburgh for the last couple of days. It is a real rarity to feel confident about wandering around in shorts and a t-shirt, and tempting to say it never happens. But on the evidence of this week, one must modify this to ‘hardly ever’.
Here’s a picture of the central part of Edinburgh taken on Tuesday from North Bridge, looking across the roofs of Waverley Station:
Although there are some clouds in the sky, I can assure you that it was very hot indeed by midday. Hub and I met for lunch then strolled across to St Andrew Square so that he could pick up a tram to travel to an afternoon meeting. I, other the other hand, was able briefly to enjoy the sunshine some more, sitting in the Square which has been converted into a festival location:
At the moment, the Jazz Festival is in full swing, as you might say. While I was taking my ease, watching the world go by and reading my book, a trad jazz group struck up in the main performance area:
Their cheerful sound wafted out from the open windows, making the whole experience absolutely perfect.
Here’s an example of the kind of toe-tapping music I was listening to – I hope it adds to the perfection of your day too. 🙂
PS – Oh, how we miss the wit, wisdom and charm of Humphrey Lyttelton.