Mountains and Pine

The skies are hazy, I think it is the hint of the temperature drop to come. Meanwhile I have been a little higher up the mountain with the dogs.  I couldn't see the sea for the haze but I know it's there, which is the main thing.

The mountain water is channelled to a water works. The dogs loved paddling in it, as well as quenching their thirst. It is so quiet and isolated and the smell of warm pines was so evocative of childhood holidays in Spain. You can't help but be happy there.

I've just noticed that the orange stone in the r-h
top corner looks a  little like a fox's head.

I came across the biggest of my gecko collection yesterday, resting against the bench on the verenda. I need one in the car. I wass bitten four times, by some horrible flying nibbly thing, by the time I drove the 3kms to drop my rubbish off. That is the downside - mozzies!!


15th May - Part Two

4 pm - an enormous clap of thunder that shook the house and made me jump (& switch off the PC PDQ !)

Flashing lightning, drum rolls of thunder and hail that made it look like it was snowing:

Front garden looking towards the school

from the back, kitchen, door

from the back door

15th May

are you SURE it's May?
It's freezing! I have the heating on high and I got as cold as an ice cube at the stable yard this morning.

Here are some photos I took in the car coming home:

The Epping New Road - and beautiful Epping Forest

and this is the A406 approaching Walthamstow 

It's been hot. 32C at 7.30 in the evening. I have had my first dip in the pool, the water wasn't quite as warm.
Today there is a slight coolness to the air and a breeze, which I quite enjoy. It means I can be outside without feeling like a chicken, roasting.
I have to make the most of it. The forecast is for the temperature to drop by over 10 degrees come Monday. I hope they've got that wrong - I've just packed my jumpers away!


13th May ~ Sunday

It is Mother's Day here in the States today. So Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there!

Rain, rain and more rain here as far as weather is concerned. I'm alright with that as we need it and it is keeping the temps down to a comfortable level.

Rainy day - photo by unknown