“a warm, calm spell of weather occurring in autumn, especially in October and November”
[the Met office meteorological glossary]
“We could be in for an Indian summer” is something I remember hearing when I was a kid. The air still and silent in the heat of late afternoon, the smell of warm tarmac and cut grass. T-shirts, shorts and lemonade sparkles. I never really knew what they were talking about, I just knew it sounded good. A romantic yearning for far off lands and cultures I had yet to experience. It fuelled my young imagination as I sat in a sweltering classroom in the middle of September, staring out of the window at my future self, travelling the globe through endless Indian summers.
To be honest though I don’t really remember the warm weather lasting that far into October and I’m pretty sure I never experienced it in November. I always assumed the phrase had something to do with India and the weather there but after reading a recent article I now realise that it may come more from Native Americans and the American east coast.
Either way, as we head into November with a forecast of 25 degrees this week in Bordeaux, I feel I may finally be experiencing a true Indian summer. Hopefully it will be another lazy Sunday at the beach. Huge sand dunes covered in wild thyme and immortelle (an aromatherapist’s dream) with pristine never-ending beaches and deep golden sand. Mesmerising waves and beautiful clean surf. I could sit there for hours…..
Here’s a little visual of my Indian summer – enjoy ♥