Up with the lark this morning, or even before it, as the bedroom began to hot up and I was wide awake. I have a routine of walking round and opening blinds and curtains as I go and when I reached my computer room I sat down and so have not yet got any further.
Outside my semi wild self-sown poppies are being swiftly brought into flower by this hot sun and my pinks are scenting the whole place beautifully. Already I can tell you that I shall be doing little or nothing today - too hot for me but an odd ten minutes in the sun now and again will boost my Vitamin D levels.
I am pleased to find out that there are bats around here. We had a colony on the farm - they never seemed to increase but there were always half a dozen or so. Last night when I opened the front door to say a last good night to outside and see that everywhere was quiet (as I do every night) there was a bat flying directly towards me as I stood in the doorway I was sure it was going to fly in. But of course it didn't - with its magnificent radar system it veered away at great speed. I love them - they are such strange creatures.
The Times has just popped through the letter box so I shall be away to have my two rounds of toast and honey and a banana. I may well be back later in the day.
Back indeed at half past two in the afternoon. My whole body seems to shut down in this hot weather and I am fit for nothing, so I am carefully keeping in the shade and reading The Times. The weather report for today is really interesting. Each year more than 100 million tonnes of dust from the Sahara is blown over the Atlantic Ocean - some of it even reaching as far as the Amazon. It's not all bad news though because much of it settles on the Ocean and sinks to the bottom fertilising the growth of phytoplankton and when this sinks to the bottom and dies it locks the carbon away and helps to limit global warming. The dust also acts as a sun shield and cools the surface of the sea by a degree thus starving hurricans of the heat they need to develop. But for those with chest problems this is not good news. This year is particularly bad apparently - but amazing to think of this going on around us while we are so unaware. I do remember one year when my car was covered in what the weather man said was dust from the Sahara so it does happen every year but to differing degrees and this is a particularly bad year.
Tomorrow thunderstorms begins to creep in and by the week-end our temperatures will be 'a little bit fresher' to quote the weatherman. Can't come soon enough for me - maybe I would feel differently if I was basking on a Welsh beach.