A lot of heavy, black clouds floating about as it begins to get dark (9.15pm) but no rain forecast for up here in the North - it is all destined to fall down there in the South where you have had plenty. This intense heat has more or less finished my pots off by the front door - I cut the flowers right back yesterday, gave them a good watering and this morning I fed them. I will give them a couple of weeks to recover and if they don't then the two large ones will have to be emptied and redone with something like pansies which will last over winter. My pot of Gazanias and one of Pelargoniums are thriving - but then they love the hot weather.
I set out on a walk this morning. There was a nice cool wind blowing and I thought it would be reasonable to walk in it. But by the time I had gone a couple of hundred yards I knew it was going to be too hot. M next door neighbour was gardening in the front garden so I chatted to her for ten minutes or so and then came in for my salad lunch. And then I fell asleep.
I awoke to find friend S tapping on the front window. She brought me my first 'boiling' of broad beans (always my mother's favourite summer vegetable) and some very pretty courgettes. I had them for my tea - they were a taste of Summer - sheer delight. How can some folk not like vegetables?
That is the sum total of the work I have done today. It has just been too hot and I have been unable to summon up any energy. Friend B, who used to live up here but moved down to Kent a few years ago, rang at tea time and we had a lovely chat. How nice it is to chat with old friends.
So I have failed again to tot up six folk to speak to today - I have only managed J, my carer, M, my neighbour, S my friend who called in, B my friend who rang and D, my son who called and chatted through the window and collected half of S's vegetables to cook for their tea. Well that's five so not too bad for this hot weather.
See you tomorrow. Sleep well if you can on these hot nights.