Last Wednesday was hot and sticky, and Pat worked from home in the afternoon to watch Muriel while I took the older two kids to the pool. It was lovely, but that night (at least I think it was that night, all the days blur together so I can't remember much of anything with any degree of certainty) the thunder and rain came, and stayed with us off and on through the weekend.
We did however make to to the beach for a little bit on both Saturday and Sunday during some clear patches. The pool (right next to the beach), which had been full of laughter and splahes only a few days ago, was silent.
But the kids enjoyed having the beach almost to themselves, and didn't seem to mind wearing rainboots and raincoats in the middle of July.