Today’s blog is dedicated to my lovely singing friend M and her dear Mum who is in hospital.
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Community Roots was our destination today for whatever jobs were necessary. The tomato tunnel is overflowing with wonderful fruit and we volunteered to record all the varieties on photos, pick a few of each and organise a taste test. Here are some of the tomatoes being grown.
It has been 32C / 90F in the shade again (45C / 114F!! in direct sunshine) and I have stayed indoors reading for most of the last five days. Happily, our Victorian semi stays cool even in such extreme heat.
I have read two very different, and each unputdownable, books where the characters drew me in so completely. The first was The Distant Shores by Santa Montefiore, a family history told through the eyes of an historian writing a biography of said family. It’s a good summer read, not too demanding but nevertheless, a proper page turner.
The second, quite different, a Booker prize winner last year, The Promise by Damon Galgut. This one was utterly compelling, set in South Africa over four decades with all the political backdrop of those years and again, is a family saga but told from a very unusual standpoint where the narrator pops from one character to another sometimes taking first person but mostly as an observer. Utterly fascinating and one of those novels that stays in your head……
Thank you very much to the two friends, H and J, who kindly lent me these to read.
The following poem and met map explain the heat we are experiencing. My first reading of this ‘Heated (August 2022)’ made me think of our personal and collective responsibility. Our grass was crisp and crunchy as I walked over it late this afternoon. I am very grateful to Kim for letting me share his poem here.
This evening we went to our ButterMarket to see The Pantaloons performing The Wind in the Willows. Just three actors, quick costume changes and some music made for a wonderful evening full of laughter! Just what we all need.
We’ve been at the Community garden again today volunteering. Between us we potted on lots of baby brassica plants, picked beans and tidied up the Rainbow Chard.
In the coffee break, one of the younger volunteers showed us the results of her moth trapping exercise last night. There were 40 different species! It was hard to photograph the moths in their tubes so I have found a couple of photos from an id site. Some of them have the most delightful names – Dingy Footman and Rosy Footman were my favourites. After showing us all, G and the youngest volunteer, just 10 years old, released them in the hedges.