A Glimmer Of Summer

This morning was bright and sunny with temperatures close to 25C.  Summer at last.

Unfortunately, today was my turn to work in the gift shop so I could only gaze out of the window at the lucky people walking past in shorts and t-shirts, hats and sunglasses.

I eagerly sped home after my shift, looking forward to relaxing in the garden with a book and perhaps a mini Magnum.

Alas, as soon as I reached home, the dark clouds rolled in and it now looks like rain.  As I typed this and took this photo there was a sudden flash of lightning.


Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

20 comments:

  1. Great photo. Very atmospheric. Is that a Gunnera in the middle of the lawn?

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    1. Well spotted! Yes it comes up every year and dies back in the winter. The ground is very boggy down there, which seems to suit it.

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    2. Your photo could have been taken in Ireland. There's a wild Gunnera and cultivated garden variety of Gunnera. The wild one is considered a pest and invasive and originates in Chile and Brazil. I would imagine the Gulf stream brought them to our shores. Their leaves collect the rain. I quite like them. Poor mans rhubarb is another name for it. I wouldn't eat it though😀.

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    3. I am not sure which variety we have here. It does so well it is probably the pest!

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  2. Oh boy. Talk about Sods Law. You'll need that mini magnum even more now to drown your sorrow.

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    1. I did, and it was very tasty. A chilled NZ sauv. blanc is now going down well too.

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  3. Oh dear. Black clouds rolling in here too. But the weatherman did say it would only be a one day Summer. Ten degrees colder tomorrow. Enjoy your glass of wine.

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    1. The bad weather seems to be less of a problem after a glass of wine.

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  4. It was said, I think BBC weatherman, that today has been the third hottest day in the UK ever. Sorry you missed it. For me I am looking forward to some bearable cooler temperatures.

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    1. Willingly. As long as this unbearable heat (for me) doesn't follow me across the water.

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  5. Yep, same here. I had to go out and rescue my husband and dog in the car as he went out a walk confident the clouds would pass! They got drenched and the dog got spooked by the lightening. It's getting very old all this rain now. x

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    1. At least our reservoirs are full to the brim.

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  6. What a wonderful view! Would be interesting to look at storms around those hills
    We have had a spell of dry sunny cold days so lots of washing on the line. Set to change again next week - flurries of snow forecast for our nearby hills!

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    1. Snow! Wouldn't be surprised if we get that next!

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  7. I, the Tigger, love a good electrical storm. We need one here to wash the air clean and cool us down a bit. Something green to walk on in bare feet would be very welcome right now.

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    1. Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

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  8. To rub it in, it was baking here in London yesterday and even at midnight the air was hot.... the third hottest day on record ever.

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    1. It must be difficult to sleep when it is that hot?

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  9. Good shot, Jay. My cousins told me about your frightening thunder and lightning that lasted an age. They said you rarely get thunder over the island.
    Hugs, x.

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