25th July ~ Wednesday

Two thunder storms in one day! Wow. I woke up to rain and thunder and we just had another round late this afternoon! We hadn't had any real measurable amount of rain in weeks, so I'll take it! However, very humid so being outdoors is pretty much intolerable these days.

So when will Fall arrive?????


Blatantly stolen from Richard Denning

July 23rd  was the day the ancient Romans celebrated Neptunalia – a two-day festival in honour of Neptune as god of waters, celebrated at Rome in the heat and drought of summer. The idea was to appease Neptune so he would send rains to keep the crops healthy. The people used to build huts of branches and foliage  in which they probably feasted, drank, and then slept overnight, continuing the fun the next day.

In ancient calendars these days were marked as Neptune ludi et feriae. Ludi means games and Feriae festival or feast. This implies that the celebrations consisted of  games and sports as well as feasting. Neptune is sometimes associated with horses so it seems likely that horse racing was the order of the day, indeed his temple in Rome was close to the Circus Flaminius – the horse racing 

But as I said in my comment reply: 

Please do NOT pray for rain - I repeat 


(mind you, we now have a heatwave here in London 

so this instruction may change....)


The British and the Weather.

The Brits are weather obsessed; it doesn't matter where we reside the weather is always one of the subjects of the day.
A Facebook exchange between friends this morning (names have been substituted with places):

Milan, Italy: Jesus it's 18 degrees and I'm bloody freezing in my t-shirt .. not used to English weather conditions any more :-)

UK:'s scorchio here now!!!!! set to rise to the dizzy heights of 29 this week.....just in time for us to fly out there!!! :o)

Sedella, Spain: 22 here in Spain and cloudy. What's going on?

Milan, Italy: I know Spain - WTF?! And UK, it is still hot during the day, but so much cooler in the mornings and evenings... not altogether a bad thing...

Perth, W. Aus: We have 24 during the day and down to 2 during the night! Huge temperature changes.

Eilat, Israel: 39 now going up to 43 here in Eilat but it's a dry heat

Milan, Italy: Well the sun has come out again now and we're back up to 29° and it should be in the 30's for the rest of the week. Phew! Thought for a minute there I was back in the Uk...

Sedella, Spain: Still in cloud and 22 - actually find the odd day like this a blessed relief!

We'll probably still be updating each other into the evening!

23rd July

My office ceiling and walls are sparkling with little dots of fairy light ... yes, it is 9.52 a.m. and the sun is shining and glowing on the crystals which hang in the window.

I can hear the swifts outside shouting their excitement as they race after insects, and one of the chickens is cackling as she lays a "cackle fruit" (an egg)

The waterfall in the pond is trickling merrily (we altered the fountain a short while ago to turn it into a fall over some rocks) The fish love it - there are about a dozen of them round the bubbling water sunbathing, and there is also a huge spider's web outside the window with a big fat spider plonk in the middle of it - also sunbathing? The web will be broken the first time Mab jumps onto the shelf outside the window demanding to come in via that route. At the moment,she is asleep in the greenhouse (yes, sunbathing!)