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Shrinking Violet

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My dream garden

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 19:28

Yes - we must count our blessings, and the reason we live in a "green and pleasant land" is because of our climate.  Normally.  But we seem to be getting more cool rain in early summers that we were used to.  In fact, we have less of a "climate" and more a "series of weather events".

1975?  Remember it well.  I was sitting my finals - and it snowed in June!  About 3" of the stuff.  Didn't last, of course, but was a novelty nonetheless.  And then it went on to be hot and dry right up until the end of the summer in 76.

The extremes of China make us feel a little more grateful for what we have.  But I still wouldn't mind a bit of sunshine right now, thank you very much.



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Posted: 08/07/2012 at 19:21

What a difference a day makes!  Because of the dreadful weather we left setting out for our holiday until this morning;  good call - there were several parts of the road that had evidence of yesterday's floods.  The sun shone and the sky was blue until we approached Cornwall - then low cloud and drizzle!  On the plus side, it did at least mean we were spared sight of the iconic landscape feature of Cornwall - the dreaded wind farms!  But now safely esconced in Bude, the sky is cloudy but it's dry.  Not a brilliant forecast - but not a wash-out, for which, given the "summer" so far, we have to be grateful!

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Posted: 07/07/2012 at 23:21

 Still here.  Weather rotten.  Main roads flooded.  Summer Holiday?  Where's Cliff Richard when you need him ?

Hope to get away tomorrow.  Oh, well - it will be a different scene through another rain-bespattered window.  Got my library books and cross-stitch to keep me amused.  (And OH )

what is the red chilli for please?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 10:22

Hello Insomnia and welcome.  I came to this board after the demise of the BBC, and have found it to be really friendly.  In fact (and I trust I'm not tempting fate) I dont recall seing any rude postings or removed posts for anything untoward.  Just a nice bunch of people, chatting and helping each other.  I agree - the best site that I've ever come across.

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Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:16

David!    Or - to be Wimbledon relevant, "You cannot be serious!"

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Posted: 06/07/2012 at 21:03

Thanks for the good wishes David.  Fingers etc etc crossed re weather!

We're not setting out until the afternoon, so we'll take a raincheck (geddit???) on whether or not to delay the journey by a day if necessary.

And thank you weed for reminding me about the raspberries - they're  beginning to ripen, so I'll pick and freeze what I can tomorrow morning, and instruct son in the complicated arts of doing the same in my absence.  I would show him how to water things, but in the circumstances .  .  .  .

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Posted: 06/07/2012 at 20:10

OMG - I've seen the news, and great swathes of the country seem to be inundated or will be imminently!  I just hope that all of you in vulnerable areas are able to take care, and take preventative action against flash flooding if necessary.

It's raining here, and the local weather has put part of our region (fortunately well to the south of us) on Red Alert. 

We're off on a week's s break to Cornwall tomorrow.  I'm looking out me flippers and scuba gear, sou' wester and wellies.  Ought to take care of it.  After all, "they" say there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes and preparation. (Try telling that to some poor people in the painful throes of clearing up the mess).

Oh, and we're near the thousand posting mark.  David - over to you for the honour? 

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Posted: 06/07/2012 at 09:57

For once we have the (slightly) better weather.  Although there's no blue sky, the clouds are white and high, there's a bit of a breeze and it's dry enough for me to chance putting the washing out!  We may get some wet stuff later in the day, but given what dire weather is being experienced elsewhere, I'm counting my blessings!

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Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:30

Grey damp and dank again for most of the day.  It did brighten up briefly this afternoon - but the forecast isn't very clever. 

On the plus side, driving across Exmoor this evening, the moon was huge, yellow and was an amazing sight.  May have been weather related or just some sort of atmospheric phenomenon - but pretty spectacular nevertheless!

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Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:17

Frank - pleased to hear that the sunflower is doing well.  I remember when my son had to grow a daffodil when he was a Beaver Scout.  We put the pot outside with minimal protection - but it did so well, we had to photograph it to prove that it had grown enormous and had flowered weeks before he was due to take it back to show the leaders and other Beavers!  I expect your GD is as proud of her horticulture as he was at the time.

Obs - glad that you are making progress after the surgery and back problems.  It is so frustrating to know that you want to get out and do stuff in the garden, and yet not be able to do so.  Hope you continue to make good progress!

Oh, and I was surprised to find that the wet stuff stopped, despite all expectations.  Went out and was followed around on the patio by a strange thing.  I then realised it was - my shadow!!!

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