The wind’s still blowing pretty strongly from the North, still pretty dry (and full of allergens) but the clouds are gathering.
I’m just a little concerned. Perhaps all your differing geographic locations is affecting the witchcraft? While the Met Department has issued warnings for ‘atmospheric disturbances’ manifesting themselves as showers, thunder showers, or localised strong winds (their usual euphemisms for downpours, torrential rain accompanied by dangerous lightning, and hurricane-force winds) in the Eastern, Central, Uva and North Central provinces, Colombo seems to be off the weather radar.
Sri Lanka is a small island and perhaps some witches have just pointed to the skies and declared a generic 7° N / 81º E?
Without wishing to bring on dangerous anything to my fellow Colomboites, I thought I’d call up the spirit behind my own yakun vesmuna (“devil mask” – isn’t he sweet, assembled from found objects!) to let all weather witches out there know exactly where we are: 6° 55′ 54″ N / 79° 50′ 52″ E. On second thoughts, 6° – 7º N / 79° – 80º E will do better, really – spreading the joy around a far greater area!
I’ve so enjoyed your responses to my challenge to guess what’s up that ladder to the final floor of the house in Pettah.
I’m in love with Our Adventures in Croatia’s suggestion of pink flamingo sculptures, and Bulldog’s “stairway to heaven” is most appropriate, given the house is opposite the old Dutch Reformed Church. Christine’s ‘pigeon loft’ is quite a good guess, really, as pigeon racing used to be a highly regarded art among many in the older communities of the city, and the naughtiness implicit in bronxboy’s platform for nude sunbathing cum stargazing idea (the latter shared by my Basque friend Ilargia) sent the imagination soaring. But really, Lady Marilyn Kay Dennis was right when she declared ‘the possibilities are endless’.
Nonetheless, I’m going with Sylvia and Our Adventures in Croatia about it being an outdoor bathing place. I reckon it’s some type of simple lounging pool – men only would be my guess. I promise I’ll go back before I leave and ask them – maybe they’ll give me a tour?