1904/16th June 2021 Somewhere, I read that smoke from wildfires "out West" would reach us this week and certainly these clouds had a "toasted" look about them. These past few days, however, even my camera has failed to cooperate. Though perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the subjects have not been cooperative. … Continue reading Patience required…
1653/15th June 2021 1720... . . . When the sky looks like this, I begin to get excited. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 1730 ...and at 1732....down came the rain... ...in torrents.. Captivated by the downpour, unbelievably, I didn't notice the very wet deer down below! But then..... As so often happens, the … Continue reading Nature paints
13th June, 2021 It's always so nice to see colourful flowers in the field. But Summer is so not my time of year! For me, it's a time when there is too much happening. That mostly means the out-of-control garden . But summer has always been a challenge. As a child, my asthma attacks were … Continue reading Losing one’s tribe
0506/13th June, 2021 Lately it's been the lifting of dark that has woken me. And the chattering birds calling for their feeders to be hung. 5 am is early enough, but this morning... It was 4 am, and it certainly wasn't daylight or cheerful birds calling out. Not even the cats get the blame this … Continue reading New life
Sulfur cosmos, turning their heads to the morning sun. 12th June, 2021 "Midsummer draws nigh," He said with a sigh. "What does that mean? "Everything's so green, "Only just, "Looking robust!" "It's the seasons", he said With a shake of his head. "Can you not learn, "Your device to adjourn, "And stop filling in vain … Continue reading Sigh
1729/11th June, 2021 The a/c fix-it chap has accepted payment for the new air-conditioning unit, so now all we need is to have it installed... In theory, and according to the Oracle, this means we shall suffer no more this summer, as temperatures for the next week will not rise above 80 F. Wouldn't that … Continue reading Soft
It is shameful to know that if I had lived during WW2, I would have been a dreadful coward. I would have been scared witless. I had very minor experience with the troubles in SE Asia and I was not afraid then, but I was detached from it. The chances of a Western child getting … Continue reading Small satisfactions
After nearly 3 years, we are still on constant lookout for wildlife and last night we received a new visitor. Two nights before a young doe had come up the hill toward the house. Grant called me to say it was there again,down below, so as always I went to look. It's quite a distance, … Continue reading Honoured
According to the Oracle this, the fourth day of our heatwave, should be the penultimate. So the cats are going to have to stick it out at least one more day. Yesterday was hotter but today it feels like the calm before the storm, which it may very well be. Thunderstorms are predicted. Stuffy and … Continue reading Eosinophils?
Day two of our heat wave. Some would laugh to see me even call it that. Temperatures in the 90's is really not that hot. There were times in SE Asia when a normal afternoon temperature reached into the hundreds, with oppressive humidity and I, stupidly sat in the sun, attempting to acquire a tan. … Continue reading Don’t do it!