Thursday

Same old thing

I am supposed to provide something more than the sun shone as my weather updates. Unfortunately, that is all that has happened.

Yesterday, the sun shone. Oh, and the day before, and the day before that. There has been a good wind, but it is still hot. Today the sun is shining.

The wild flowers are no more, the hillsides are losing their greenness and flowers in gardens are burning not flowering. On a positive note the birds have fledged and there are daily battles over the dogs' water bowl on the verenda as the two families of sparrows compete for this precious commodity. One pair nested in the flue for my gas boiler, the other half-way down my chimney. It is nothing short of a miracle that their offspring have survived and managed to leave the nest.

The flies have returned with avengence. It was the same last June. My weapon of mass destruction (fly swat) has been fully utilised and my youngest dog has been turning in circles snapping at the air to get relief from the pests.

So, quite a bit has been happening, just not with the weather. The sun is making her daily transit across the skies, and we on earth are hot!

Wednesday

13th June ~ Wednesday

Sunny and warm today after a couple of days of rain and general gloominess. The ditch along the road is full of dandelions! I can tell it is nearly summer now as the wild blackberry bushes are all full of fruit and beginning to darken - they'll be ready to pick soon! And looking at my calendar, I see that the Summer Solstice is indeed next week!

I'm still very much enjoying freshly cut Hydrangea blooms from my garden. Glad that I can bring those in to have a bit of nature while I remain sequestered in my windowless office room working.

Monday

11th June 2012

It was lovely yesterday - I planted out some trailing lobelia & petunias into pots & hanging baskets, going by the forecast which said rain was expected in the evening - ah good, wouldn't have to water.
Ok, joke? Right (Bazinga!)
Someone "up there" obviously forgot to turn the tap off. It started drizzling about 6 pm. By 8 pm was raining hardish - by 9 pm was pouring - and continued pouring ALL night and all this morning.
I haven't been out to look, but what's the betting some of the lobelia has been washed away?

Paying for the gardening today though - my hips, back, and knees hurt quite a bit. Didn't sleep either - couldn't get comfortable.  Still, I did lay there and work out the end for W.I.P. Ripples In The Sand.