Yes, the weather is hot enough for shorts (I'll spare you a picture). In fact Thursday was one of those muggy days that promised thunder and lightning and heavy downpours. Well, we got the latter, complete with sand that the clouds had picked up somewhere and dumped on our newly washed cars. In 2008 the same thing happened when sand from the Sahara covered everything in sight. The Saharan dust itself was not responsible for the thunderstorms, but the hot air from Africa is what provoked the torrential downpours. And the rain was so heavy we couldn’t hear ourselves think as it rattled on the conservatory and poured over the edges of the gutters. The postmen abandoned their rounds and although normally their working day finishes at 2 pm (having started early to sort the post) our mail wasn’t delivered until 4 pm. But we had only one tiny roll of distant thunder and no lightning. Indeed, I was commenting to Friend-über-special the other day that they don’t make thunderstorms nowadays like they did when I was young. At least, not on Merseyside. We haven’t had a decent amount of lightning for about twelve or fifteen years. Never having been struck by lightning or experienced a bombing raid (of which thunder used to remind my Mum) I really enjoy a good thunderstorm now and again.
My health has been a bit dodgy this week and twice I nearly had to call an ambulance but I’m pretty sure that was due to a change of medication and I’ve changed back so hopefully all will be well. There’s not much anyone at home can do when I’m really bad but Son-who-watches-films cares for me as best as anyone can and makes me meals and, most importantly, regular cups of tea. And when she’s home, Partner-who-loves-tea provides hugs and an ear to listen to my whinging. And I do whinge. It’s the price she pays for being partner to someone who puts on a brave face to everyone else he meets. Sorry Partner – your patience and forbearance are very much appreciated. As for everyone else, to borrow a phrase from someone far worse off than I, Fake it until you Make it! Right!
Sometimes I come across book titles which make me want them, without knowing anything at all about their contents. One such was "The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects "by John Tingey. It was recommended by a fellow postcrosser, appropriately enough. I instantly ordered it and am dying to see what it’s all about.
I’m busy packing at the moment because GB comes down at the weekend and we are then going to see Daughter-who-takes-photos and Son-in-law-and-friend-who-loves-otters for a few days. Then we shall amble back up North and cross over from the Isle of Skye to GB’s home on Lewis. So my attendance on the internet will be erratic. Not so much because of lack of access but I shall be busy enjoying myself in other ways. And I still haven’t caught up with what is going on in other folks’ lives from my time off a few weeks ago. I hope you are all well and once I’m at GB’s I hope to have the time to visit you all. One reason I have time to spare at GB’s is because he is such an excellent host and chauffeur and I contribute little or nothing to the running of the place, the provision of meals and even the washing of clothes. I'm sure if I put my shoes outside the bedroom door he'd polish them for me! Much appreciated GB.
The garden is super at the moment. I’d love to share all the photos I've taken of the flowers but I haven’t processed many of them yet and there are so very many. But here is a taster so this posting isn’t all words.
Welcome to my world...
A Green-veined White.
On one of the tree stumps in the garden are some orangey pink balls. These are a member of one of the lower orders of fungi; the Myxomycetes or slime moulds. In this case they are Lycogala terrestre.
Buttercups and Daisies
And an Ox-eye Daisy (with Bindweed taking advantage of it).
Have a good weekend.