Thursday

In Andalucia we had the driest winter for 70 years last year. I would have to look back through my posts to remember the last time it rained.
It tried to rain yesterday.
I don't think we can count 90 seconds of big fat drops of rain splodging onto the terrace a day of rain so we are back where we started, I cannot remember when it last rained properly.

The lack of rain has been a problem, a very big problem. The countryside is tinder dry. On Thursday night (30th August) a fire started and spread. It spread across a swathe of countryside from Fuengirola to Marbella with people evacuated and some losing their homes. The glow of the fire could be seen 100kms away. On the Friday afternoon I watched as a formation of planes flew over and dumped thousands of litres of water onto part of the fire in the urbanisation in which I now live. Officially the last of the fire was put out on Tuesday evening and it has been classed as the worst fire in this area for 20 years.

I will be more than happy for rain this winter.

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Wednesday

5th September

Poor old weather diary has been a bit sporadic for all three of us these last weeks - we're all so busy with various "must be done today" lists.

So here's an update for the London area.
Its sunny, but the warmth is going from the days - quite chilly in the shade. Bit of a wind and there is definitely autumn in the air - the trees aren't turning but if you look quickly you think "Hmm, are those leaves turning yellow or not?"

Quite a lot of berries as in rose hips, etc but not much fruit as in blackberries (our raspberries at home were hopeless this year - I think we had about 12 in all!)

The evenings are drawing in as well - almost dark by 8 o'clock yesterday.

If I had the inclination (and the space in a kitchen etc) I reckon I'd be busy bottling or freezing fruit & veg for the winter - making jam, and chutneys. Drying herbs - all that sort of thing as people in the past would have been doing.
Harvest festival soon - although the harvest has been poor this year because of all the rain earlier in the year.
The cost of wheat will be going up - which will push everything up. Hay is already expensive.