Isn't this ongoing weather amazing? I do believe it calls for a Modern Country Fashion post...or two...about spending the last of these summer days outside!

Rain Coat: Emma Bridgewater; Top: New Look; Jeans: Next; Boots: Clarks; Sunglasses: Boots

I'm just loving the long golden rays of mellow evening sunlight. And I can think of nothing nicer to celebrate those same rays than sitting al fresco in the garden, with a gang of besties, a jug of chilled Pimms, or steaming mugs of chai, and gossiping the night away.

Now its August (can you believe it? Where has this year gone already?), the nights are starting to creep inexorably towards darker, cooler evenings, which means no more sitting out in little vest tops.

Yes, the later hours might be chillier but I still want to stay outside and chat till the wee hours, which is where this Emma Bridgewater Black Toast raincoat takes centre-stage. Several people have asked recently which are my favourite Emma Bridgewater designs. Black Toast is definitely right up there. Classic and timeless, I'm hoping this rain coat will still look good when I'm ninety!

It folds up into a li'l pocket - old-school cagoule-style - but whips out at a moment's notice to create a rather lovely Mary Quant-esque look., and, with its ingenious drawstring round the waist, gone are the shapeless and hideously unflattering macs of the past.

Now, who's for another glass of Pimm's?