And talking of temperatures it was 100 degrees in my garden yesterday and 88 degrees indoors. My thermometer registered 86 degrees during the night in my bedroom. Could be hotter today. With the high humidity and lack of breeze it has been difficult to sleep for the past few weeks. The only air-conditioning available would be my car but I don't want to sleep there!!
The garden is suffering with 2 inch wide cracks in parts of the lawn that are a foot deep. Here you see we have been filling them with sand. Our ground is clay which floods in the Winter and then contracts and dries out in heatwaves such as we are having.
However there has been an 'upside' this week. We had friends over for dinner and having eaten in the garden in the shade we spent most of the rest of the evening sitting at the bottom of the garden amongst the Lavender and enjoying it's colour and fragrance. These pictures do not do justice to the vibrant colour. The lawn generally has lost it's green and is turning brown after so long without rain. Newspaper today showed pictures of Hyde Park in London looking like an arid desert. Some river beds are drying out and reservoirs very low. Some rain would be appreciated.