I went to the seaside yesterday , on a tram * . Well , nearly .
In typical fashion , I chose the day when the line was being given its annual overhaul so I and hundreds of others were de-trammed for the last four stops and packed in a bus ( you notice I'm using the singular here . )
Still , I saw a merry-go-round ,
ate some chips on the prom.
and stood on tiptoe to see the sea . But the really extraordinary thing was ... the sun was shining .
Because apart from that , August's been a bit of a washout , literally .
Still , my tomatoes are ripening .
And Friend took me out for lunch on my birthday .
Great conversation , delicious food and a candle ... and yes, it was this dark at one o'clock on Monday . Something to do with the monsoon season apparently .
But , oddly , the sun still seems to be shining today and I'm going outside again
*At Den Haag's Central train station , there's a tram that goes out to Holland's most popular and iconic beach resort , Scheveningen , rolling through the city center and suburbs of increasingly ornate elaborate , over-balconied seaside villas.