Monday, 18 July 2022

Thirty Seven Degrees Celsius!

Bless - we're doing our best. Apparently parts of the UK are hotter than some of the Sahara!

Cherie - really desperate for a good long rainy spell. We've had nothing.

Eileen - if I get a good deal on mushrooms, it works out just a little cheaper than buying mushrooms ready frozen. However my experience is that the home frozen ones taste slightly better (which surprises me, but I pick out the good ones to freeze) and they are chopped and not sliced which is how I prefer them for cooking. 

It was 37C (98F) in the car when I picked up bear. I don't have air con in my car. This is less fun than I signed up for.

I'm so hot that I can't remember all that I did this weekend. I remember meeting up with my brother and some of his partner's family (who were awesome), and I'm sure I did other things.

I have been working through a huge heap of overdue washing, including loads of stuff like socks that have sort of got stuck, plus the sorting pile which I'm rewashing because a slug got in there. I hung a load of stuff out, but unfortunately it was flying ant day yesterday and it all got rather unpleasant.

I don't know whether you can see this properly, but I took another shot of the pigeon flap. DH has got in touch with the estate agents renting out the house at the back as we share a house. They have access to the roof space and we don't, so he is hoping they'll let pigeon pest control into it. 

You can just about see the dratted bird perched at the entrance like a bouncer.

By the way, for those who don't remember, our house is in a block of eight, four facing one way and four facing the other, all the side walls being joint and if you knocked through the wall at the back of my bedroom then you would fall through into their kitchen. The roof space hasn't been divided up, so if you can get into the roof space in one house then you can wander up and down and a few years ago some scally used to wait until the police knocked on their door, run up to the attic and then down into another house. One day he did that and ran straight into the waiting police who had worked it out. So while we have no access whatsoever to the roof space, we're quite happy about that. There used to be a car wheel lock on the attic hatch next door. 

I called in at Aldi quickly this morning. The rose of Sharon in their car park was looking very secondhand. The freezers also looked ransacked. The lady on the till said that it was bedlam yesterday. I suppose people were stocking up for today and tomorrow. I'll be glad when this weather breaks.

Writing stuff - The latest instalment of Under Dark Hills is here. I had far too much fun writing it. And, if you are interested, there's an interesting post on my publisher's blog about identity and being your best self here

Hugs and good health to all.


  1. We peaked at around 33 yesterday which is unbelievably warm for us northerners. It's forecast to be even hotter today and I may well melt. I bet your son will be glad to break up from school. Our local ones finish today. Stay cool and hydrated. It'll soon be over and we'll be moaning about the rain :-)

  2. There used to be terraces of houses with one long attic space over all the houses here. According to the older folk there was one house where there seemed to be too many people going in and out at all times of the day and night for the sizes of the house. It turned out the 'extras' were sleeping in the attic space above all of the houses. It was discovered when the council was called to investigate noises in the roof and they found the dormitory in the attic. Apparently they were all evicted.

  3. Hope you are able to keep cool, Lyssa!

  4. 16c to f Temperature is measured using three separate units or scales: Celsius, Kelvin and Fahrenheit. The Celsius scale, also known as the centigrade scale, is used for scientific purposes and is based on the freezing and boiling points of water. It is used in most countries around the world.