In the space of less than a week, we have gone from 9 degrees C, to 21. The cold evenings and rainy days just disappeared without trace, and we got a true taste of summer, here in Beetley. Blue skies greeted us when we woke up, and light evenings, still warm until 9 pm, made the days seem long and pleasant. I have no idea how long it will last, but I am nonetheless grateful for the break it provided.
As a result, I have enjoyed much longer walks with Ollie. The mud has started to dry and crack, and with the exception of a few stubborn shaded areas, our trudging is no more. Three days ago, I was able to lose the heavy rubber boots, that I felt I had been wearing forever. On went the shorts, two months late, and the comfortable loafers, that don’t leave me feeling like I have spent all day working on a farm. No need for a heavy coat, or worries about whether or not to take an umbrella.
The news media is little short of ecstatic. Temperatures in the south and east of the UK have exceeded those in Barcelona, parts of Italy, and many other traditional holiday resort areas too. Weather reporters are smiling for a change. They are still careful of course, warning that higher temperatures tomorrow may set off thunderstorms, or bring heavy rain. I don’t care though. My face and head is already showing signs of a good tan, and the lift in my mood is most welcome too. Slipping into bed at night without feeling chilly, is the icing on the cake.
Of course, with the improved weather have come the flies, and the biting insects too. Caught out, I forgot to spray my repellent earlier this week, and returned with three large mosquito bites on my head as a reminder. But these minor niggles cannot overcome the good feeling of walking with Ollie in the warm and dry, and seeing him plunging into the river or duck pond, to cool off. Children on inflatables squeal in the Whitewater, families picnic over on Beetley Meadows, and the aroma of barbecues fills the air. This is just how it should be.
So, I am back, and with a weather blog. No surprise there, but it’s a happy one. For a change.