This kind of weather seems to fill the air with a kind of apprehension - as though everyone is waiting for something to happen and as though that happening might not be very good. In fact I think a good thunderstorm might clear the air once and for all and make us all feel more 'normal'.
Priscilla and I walked around 'the circuit 'at half past eight this morning, before many folk were about and while the air was cool, almost chilly , but it was still tiring. I came back to a coffee and an hour with The Times, a wander round a thirsty garden, and just recently a lunch. Walking round I contemplated what to write about on my post today but had no inspiration at all. I will be back later when something might have sprung up and hit me between the eyes (don't mean that literally)
I spent an hour in the garden this afternoon with just my scissors, cuttting back and dead heading plants. The Osteospermum has been great this year - it has been out for weeks and weeks but this week's hot, dry weather has finally finished it off. I have five large clumps and there were dozens of sagging, dying pink heads so they had to come off. Luckily I could reach them all from the patio without going up any stairs (strictly forbidden.) Then there are another four Gallardia plants, now in full flower and again some flowers are beginning to die, so they need to be cut off to encourage new flowers to form. So it was round with the scissors again. You might think it silly using scissors rather than my secateurs but when I am also trimming back the plants to make nice, neat cushions and also balancing and trying to hold on to Priscilla (or sit on her seat when possible) scissors seem safer and easier to use.
There is no sign of rain although earlier in the week the weathermen said there would be rain up here by the weekend. Thunder and lightning is everywhere down South but no sign up here and although some was forecast for tomorrow that too seems to have disappeared. Last words on tonight's weather report were, 'next week is set to be cooler and wetter' - well I hope so and my plants do too.
See you tomorrow (figuratively speaking of course)