Well, mid-afternoon the gray clouds appeared and we did have a mild storm while I was making dinner. But the rest of the afternoon was an alteration of sparkling sun, streaming downpours and sun while raining, over and over. The rain would end and the sun shine so brilliantly that you'd be sure it was all done, and then rain again while the sun was bright and the breeze blew so briskly - it can only be described as delightful.
This picture is from right after the rain, but it was just as sparkling as this while it rained - the whole business was entirely charming! Of course I looked for a rainbow, but it was only the very faintest of things, something I almost imagined, except it really was there, palely trying to appear.
And now the air is dry! For the time being - for this is New England in summer.