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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 23:26

Ah, yes - we must be grateful, Leggi.  The countryside here is beautiful, and the price we pay for our bit of a "green and pleasant land" is the copious amount of rainfall.  At least the moor (when the cloud lifts) is just about at its best right now - purple with heather, with golden gorse, making it look like a sumptuous patchwork.  And on the plus side, when it comes to gardening, I can grow all sorts of things that would be considered tender in other parts of the country.  (I even left - well, forgot about to be honest - a succulent houseplant out last winter - can't think of its proper name, but we call it the money plant) and it survived and thrived!

And Frank - a Somerset cream tea adds inches to the waist just thinking about it!  (I think the difference between Somerset and Devon is the order in which you put the clotted cream and jam on the scone.  Makes no odds to me - it all tastes divine!).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:51

Well, Frank it would be so boring if our weather was predictable.  Whatever would we find to talk about?  And as for the weather forecasters - I sometimes think they must rely on the odd bits of seaweed outside the back door!  Certainly cheaper than the multi-million poundsworth of computers, anyway - and just about as accurate!

Lavender for lavender bags

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:46

Cut them in early to full flower when the weather is dry - preferably in the morning to get the best of the fragrance (or so my book tells me).  I have had to take advantage of the odd days of dry weather, but have several bunches hanging up and drying quite nicely.  I must confess that I can't be bothered with the sewing involved in making lavender bags, but use short lengths of old tights, securely knotted (!) for quick lavender bags.  The linen cupboard and winter woollies benefit - and even if the "bags" don't look pretty, they do the job!

Talkback: Glow-worms

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:35

I've never seen a glow-worm, either.  But my mother, who spent much of her youth in what was then rural Kent, spoke often of collecting them with my great aunt, and putting them on the rims of their hats to light the way home!  I suspect a degree or so of exaggeration here - but it's a fine story, nonetheless.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:31

Thanks for those good wishes dmball - I hope (fingers crossed) that it will be better tomorrow.  It has been galling to see pictures of (and hear from friends on the eastern side of the country) heatwaves, wall-to-wall sunshine etc etc.  On the plus side, I haven't had to water the garden (apart from pots) and I live in hope of better weather to come.  I've just seen the forecast for the region, and it looks as if things may just be looking up. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:13

Rain.  All morning.  Rain most of the afternoon.  Stopped about 4pm - and finally the low cloud that had hidden Exmoor lifted.  Cloudy but dry now - hoping for something more summery this coming week.  But I'm not holding my breath!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 20:31

SW has had the worst of it:  rain all morning.  Warm and humid - low cloud/mist hanging around in the combe until mid-afternoon.  A bit brighter by about 4pm - but it didn't last.  Cloudy again.  And the outlook is - depressing.  Enjoy (!) the heat in the east while you can.  Summer has gone into hiding for us (again). 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 10:57

It blew a real gale last night - rain spattering the windows and the wind howling - made it difficult to sleep, especially as it is warm, but opening windows with all the rain and wind was not an option.  Still raining this morning, though with far less intensity. 

Suitably dressed in waterproofs, I inspected the garden for damage - and there was surprisingly little.  The bubble wrap stored behind the summer house had been ripped from its shelf and had blown to the other end of the garden!  Must have been quite a sight to see it flapping over the lawn.

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 22:49

It had all the elements of the truly aweful makeover programme:  "stars" who interviewed the hapless and the hopeless, who, on cue, dissolved into teary thanks at the end.  Armies of locals, drummed up to do the hard graft, did their bit, and seemed pleased to have their own five minutes of TV "fame".  Saddest of all, the residents of the home seemed unable to appreciate in full the work that had been done.  (And as for the Sounds of the Seaside recording - words fail me).

Won't watch again.  What a waste of licence-payers' money. 

And did I need to mention the weather?  On cue, it tried to de-rail the project.  Plucky participants persisted against the odds.  Oh, good.  (Not).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 19:08

Hmmmm - reckon the heatwave is likely to pass us by.  Cool and rainy today - and when it's not actually raining, then it's drizzling!  We may get something better for the weekend - but then again, we probably won't.  Seems we're on the boundary of the weather front.  I won't lay a bet as to which side we end up!

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