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Somewhere the sun is shining, so honey don’t you cry,
We’ll find a silver lining, the clouds will soon roll by.

Snow and rain throughout April, a deluge in May and then the weather deteriorated. June washed out and July good for Ark builders. Will this rain ever cease? I am not sure if we have outdone Mark Twain’s longest winter being a summer spent in San Francisco, but certainly the longest rain season I ever suffered in Oregon has been this ‘summer’ in Edinburgh. No wonder the towns of Dull, Scotland and Boring, Oregon have twinned although I don’t recall it being this wet until we started twinning with Oregon!

Is that Arthur Tracey, The Street Singer that I hear faintly in the background?

Every time it rains, it rains, Pennies From Heaven,
Don’t you know each cloud contains…Pennies From Heaven.
You’ll find your fortune falling… all over town,
Be sure that your umbrella…is upside down.

Trade them for a package of…. sunshine and flowers,
If you want the things you love…you must have showers.
So when you hear it thunder, dont run under a tree,
There’ll be Pennies From Heaven…for you and me.

Certainly time for me to leave Scotland’s green and sodden land. South of France? Spain?

Thomas Doughty

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