Whereas Derek, who lives on the Isle of Sheppey and is a volunteer warden on a Nature Reserve speaks of drought and its effect on the crops. He tells of speaking to local farmers who say that although the wheat is changing colour and looks to be ripening well and getting ready to harvest, in fact the actual grains are poor in size and therefore the crop will be a poor one. We are not a large country and yet our weather patterns are so different.
My Grand daughter lives in Glasgow - I always look for Glasgow on the TV weather map. Invariably it is raining. My friends live in Windermere and frequently the weatherman speaks of rain in The Lake District - but quite often it totally misses them. No wonder we become preoccupied with the weather - especially if we garden.
Now in the later afternoon the rain has stopped. It is a still, very cloudy, chilly day - certainly not at all like July. Any minute now my central heating will come on (I feel the cold greatly) and I shall settle down for the night with a new book to start, Talking Heads on the television (aren't they brilliant?) and a rug over my knees. Just like I would in the middle of Winter!