the British summer.
The warm breeze moving through my house is very pleasant.
This is perfect summer weather for me. I'm not a fan of extreme heat. I don't like lying in the sun and I loathe the necessity for suncream.
I like summer to be warm and pleasant. I like summer rain too, I especially love listening to it fall at night through the open bedroom windows. I love the smell of the garden after rain has fallen. I really love a summer thunderstorm, I hope we have one soon.
I'm not one to moan about our British summers. Experience of 46 summers has taught me that they are not three months of continual heat and they never have been. Sometimes we have a very hot spell -July 1995 when I was heavily pregnant with my first child was stifling. Sometimes we have a very wet spell -July 2007 when the end of term coincided with most of Worcester being flooded. Sometimes we have no rain for weeks -summer of 1976 when we could fry eggs on the manhole cover in our garden and we actually prayed for rain in church. Mostly a British summer is a mixed bag of pleasant and slightly less pleasant weather.
I think those who complain about the lack of continual heat remember only the sunny days of childhood beach holidays and forget the wet days.
Perhaps they have also been spoilt by too many foreign holidays.
That's what former weatherman Bill Giles says in this week's Radio Times, he also says that 'between now and mid-September there will be periods, say, of four to five days at a time, of warm, sunny days- especially in the last week of August and into September'
We're off to Cornwall from August 26th to September 2nd .
To the 1981 BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings. One of my favourite 'listens'.
I had reached the bit where Frodo, Sam and Pippin are enjoying the hospitality of Farmer Maggot. The farmer offers his guests a meal of bacon and mushrooms. I realised I had both in the fridge, and eggs as well. Supper sorted.
To balance the fried animal protein I was planning for supper I made this lentil and roast pepper salad for lunch. I dressed it with a pungent dressing of mint, parsley, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
A shopping trip tomorrow to buy food for my last few meals alone, and a big box of washing powder.