We have now had ten days of unadulterated Summer weather - we can hardly believe it - after months of simply awful weather it is suddenly wonderful. And I think we all feel better for it.
In the fields everything has burgeoned. The hawthorn blossom is out and the air is full of the almondy scent; the crab apple trees are in full bloom and as the danger of frost is more or less past then we should get a huge fruit crop; the buttercups are stunning in the pasture; in fact June is bustin' out all over.
Of course it is not all bright - such weather also increases the risk of flies and parasites in sheep so today the first lot were brought in and were dosed for worms and sprayed against flies. They look a sorry lot as their wool is dropping off and yet try to get it off and it obviously is not yet quite ready to come away. So back they go into the field for another fortnight or so before they are shorn. They must feel awful with their fleeces hanging off in places. But it does make their lambs look immaculate with their new curly coats.
In the vegetable garden everything is growing - peas, broad beans, lettuces, onions, leeks; salad leaves and beetroot just coming through and runner beans ready to be planted out. Such an exciting time in the garden - before all the hard work of picking, podding and freezing begins. There was a lot of plum blossom so I am hoping for lots of plums for jam too.
Only two weeks to the longest day and then it is downhill again - so let's all make the most of it while it lasts.