It's been a dismal season but every now and then we've caught a glimpse of the summer we should have had ...

Unfortunately, with the early mornings already turning cold, it's obvious that hopes for a real summer this year are futile.

If you could only know how much I miss the long hot summers of my childhood, you would understand why this is so depressing. Instead of nine months of cold, we're probably going to have to endure twelve.

Twelve! A tropical island holiday sounds like just what I need to survive this year!