Taking heart from several days of intermittent sunshine and almost no rain, I decided the other night to take a long-delayed trip up to Negombo to putter around the old Dutch canals.
Thinking to make a day of it, to leave the city behind and re-acquaint myself with that laid back, unspoiled Sri Lanka I so adore, I plotted a course along the “old” road that runs between the ocean and the lagoon, meandering along at a ‘village’ tempo unthinkable except in the deep countryside – though here we were, less than 10 minutes from the city and barely a car to be seen.
You can imagine then, that I arrived in the bustling little town very relaxed and in the mood to give myself another treat: a Caesar Salad and a glass of cold white wine beside the seaside, I thought, would make the perfect lunch prelude to my boat ride. The wind was up – a sort of lunchtime “Fremantle Doctor“, very welcome really, like natural air-conditioning.
After my meal I wandered out onto the beach to take a few shots of the wide expanse of sand and the lone boat marooned there, when a shadow seemed to pass overhead. I turned back toward the hotel:
Excitement (I always love a storm!) was followed by a moment’s consternation: was this just a passing squall, or the harbinger of a major storm to come? I invariably look on the sunny side (sorry!) so had no qualms accepting the boatman’s assurances, and set out for a few hours in a little open boat.
He was right, of course – we even had occasional shafts of golden sunshine, and it wasn’t until we got back toward town that the overall sky began to glower a bit more menacingly. That night, when I got back to Colombo, I wasn’t surprised to receive message alerts:
3.8.2013 15.04 (I’d had my phone turned off!): “Severe weather advisory; sea areas from Puttalam to Potuvil, via Colombo and Galle will be rough and dangerous in the next 48 hours with strong winds up to 60-80 kilometres per hour.”
The following day: “Heavy showers (more than 100mm may occur on the Western slopes of the central hills.”
Here in Colombo we had a chilly weekend with lots of rain, and anecdotal reports from Nuwara Eliya exclaim “it’s raining cats and dogs” … Seems I was in luck!
Foreshadow – this week’s WP Photo Challenge.