I am going to start with the weather again. I think my obsession with weather is partly due to the fact I am a farmer’s son. Much of my childhood school holiday life was determined by the weather as my Dad’s daily activity was dictated by the weather and so our activity was also dependent on the weather. The last 12 months have been very interesting weather-wise so for a weather anorak like me there is a lot to talk about. We have so many good sunsets it as almost boring.
The weather continues to be lovely in this part of Cornwall depending on your point of view. The weather has been warm and dry for most of June which is great for holiday makers and leisure time however if you are a farmer or a grower it means more work. You need to be watering your plants far more in this kind of weather. For me it has meant a little creativity. I have placed two water containers totally about 150 litres near the poly tunnel so I can water a bit easier. I fill them with a hose every 2 – 3 days. The water butt which is collecting shed roof water near the tunnel has long since dried up. You can follow my polytunnel efforts on Instagram at ollys_poly. It’s a long way from paying off its cost at the moment but if I could save 30% of its cost by providing “free” vegs but we have had 3 cherry tomatoes and a cabbage so far.
There is a potential cloud on the horizon with the long dry spell and that is that we only have water from a borehole. It was said by the previous resident that one summer they did run out of water. Speaking to a local farmer though he says he can’t remember the spring at the bottom of the hill running dry so let’s hope we don’t run out of water. Some people are starting to say it looks like 1976 again. We are starting to collect washing machine water to water the hydrangeas and some other plants as a minor nod to water conservation. We use Ecover washing products so there are not many nasties in the washing machine effluent.
We took advantage of the good weather to go to a wedding in Herefordshire and stayed in the wonderfully named Symonds Yat. I have never been to Herefordshire apart from for work and it is a wonderful place. We had time to have a long chat to RSPB lady about the Peregrine Falcons nesting near the rock at Symonds Yat, we saw the nest site but didn’t see the birds until they flew over the hotel later.
We stopped off at Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire on the way back. How did they manage to build this in 1268 an the middle of the countryside.
There was even time to hug a tree and ask for help with our car whose engine management light ad come on. It worked and the light was not on when we re-started the car.
There are no big projects going on here at the moment and I have no job so I have been pottering about in the garden a lot. Not much to show there but the foundations of a good garden are being laid, a little more rain would be good though as the lawns are starting to look a bit parched. I think it is sort of sacrilege to not be outside when the weather is so good. None of those “I will do that in the summer” jobs have been done yet. And now of course Wimbledon has started so there are plenty of easy procrastination excuses all afternoon.
The bad news is that Louise finishes work today for the summer so we are planning a trip to Exeter next week … to go to the new Ikea. To be fair we do need some wardrobes and a few other things and I think Ikea are good at inexpensive but good quality furniture so we will see how we get on
I have upped my rowing to twice a week now. In fact on Monday I rowed twice in a day including once with the elite men (including 2 of the world champion team), I survived reasonably well but my technique needs to improve a bit.
We have new addition to the household now – a kitten called Monty. He is sort of dark brown/black with white socks and a white flash on his nose. He was a farm cat of dubious, possibly in bred, parentage but he is quite a little character and Fred has accepted him quickly. He did arrive with a few minor health issues (cat flu, conjunctivitis and fleas) which is expensive but is now very much on the mend now and very energetic in between sleeps. He has an annoying habit of running up your legs regardless of whether you have bare legs or not to sit on you shoulder.