As the day has gone on so the temperature has risen and now, at seven in the evening, it is quite airless. Plants I have recently planted are looking a bit droopy and will need a water just before it gets dark; washing at present on the line will be fetched indoors and if I can raise the energy I might even iron it tonight as tomorrow is forecast to be very hot indeed before a chilly wind blows in making it ten degrees cooler by Sunday.
Tess and I have just been for a walk - you could hardly call it that as we had to walk so slowly (for both our sakes) - as H called and took Tess for a long walk where there are countless rabbits last evening the fact that she has only had two shortish walks today will not come amiss.
Do you have a favourite vegetable? Mine seems to vary depending upon the time of year. In the late winter/early spring it is the delicious purple sprouting broccoli; then this is followed by English Asparagus - I bought what will probably be my last lot this morning as I found it quite disappointing and flavourless in spite of it being freshly picked in Kent. Now I impatiently wait for the arrival of new broad beans and peas. But one thing that has already arrived is the glorious array of summer fruit. I am spoilt for choice - today I bought apricots, peaches, nectarines, strawberries and enough fruit to fill my fruit bowl - bananas, apples, pears, satsumas. We really have the most superb Friday market here in Leyburn.
In my garden this very hot weather has finished off many of the plants which have flowered for the last month or so but luckily the French Lavender is in full bloom and attracting hundreds of bees and the Gallardias are just beginning to come out so Summer flowers are on their way. Two or three giant poppies have seeded themselves from somewhere and the first one emerged today - it is a deep purple and a welcome addition. I shall talk nicely to them and hope to encourage them to seed and visit me every year.
Whatever you intend doing this weekend, do bear the weather in mind and don't overdo it.