Ironman is over, the kids have gone back to school, and there is certain gentle calm that is descending upon Tenby.
For a few days it seemed like Autumn was on it’s way, a few leaves twirling to the ground, a chill wind and a greyness that makes the daylight fade early in the evening. But huzzah! The sun is shining and it appears it will continue, it’s official, an Indian Summer…well almost official, maybe a little premature considering the original meaning.
But ‘what’ I hear you say ‘is an Indian summer, where does the name come from?’
It seems that an Indian Summer is a spell of warm hazy or sunny weather that is normally experienced in October or November. However its origin is something of a mystery. It appears it has nothing to do with Asia but was first used in the United States where a Frenchman called John de Crevecoer in 1778 described what the Native American peoples of the Mohawk country called these particular weather conditions.
Its use was adopted in the UK and Europe from the early 19th century where it had originally been called St Martin’s Summer, due to the saints day being on 11th November.
Whatever the origin, our ‘Indian Summer’ bodes well for the shoulder parts of the tourist season and in the run up to Tenby Arts Festival. Tenby looks wonderful and dramatic whatever the weather but warm sunshine and blue sky is an absolute treat and a very gentle and welcome approach to the Autumn…