Rolling thunder has been creaking around the sky like a clapped out lorry for three days but rain? - no. A few insolent spots then more humidity and more heat.
Now I'm firing up the barbecue and the thunder's getting louder.
A couple of friends are coming over and here's what we'll eat outside if it doesn't rain:
Swordfish kebabs with lime.
Chicken steaks three ways - soy and ginger, chile and tomato and basil and lemon juice.
Calamari with lemon, garlic and some oregano from the garden that has been drying in the kitchen.
Some salads. Bread. Trifle. White wine. Beer.
We'll eat inside if it rains.