08 June 2016
The sun is shining......
....and whatever people say about the weather, when the sun shines all is good. It makes you smile, puts a bounce in your step and lightens your load however heavy it is. A sunny winter day is so much easier than a dull grey day, but sun in the late Spring/Summer is the icing on the cake. Getting out of the house is so much easier when you don't need loads of layers to stay warm, although there is a pile of other bits you just need to take with you isn't there!
We British are good at weather, talking about it is one our nation's pastimes we are never short of topics as it is so very unpredictable (climate change notwithstanding). Last summer was cool, very cool. I wore tights, the thick winter kind, most of the season. The cool summer was followed by a beautiful autumn a welcome change and then followed by an extremely wet winter. I do live in a part of the country that experiences cooler temperatures as the norm but seeing the sky and the sun occasionally makes the grey days more bearable.
These past few weeks have been wonderful, surpassing all my expectations, most of May and all of June has been wall to wall sunshine. we have had temperatures higher than parts of of the UK south of us which is exceptional! We are loving it and making the most of it. Our village pool has reopened and we have finally managed to make use of it a couple of weeks after it opened. We have had some wonderful walks, nature days and I discovered that the UK Wildlife Trusts were doing a fun initiative 30 Days Wild for the month of June which I thought it would be fun to sign up for. It doesn't require you to go on long walks everyday but to find your own way to connect with the 'wild' that is all around you.
I thought it would be fun to try a see what happens approach, so far we have watched the Blue Tits going in and out our nest box, seen House Sparrows mating, done a hedge transect, paddled in a stream, swum in a lake, had lunch outside everyday and watched a spider descending down a line.
The weather is forecast to be hot and sunny for the rest of the month, so I am told, I for one am not complaining......
What about June where you are?