Although I have to say – it hasn’t been continuous – there have been dry bits. It’s just there has been some rain EVERY DAY! But still – it’s supposed to be summer – you know – ice cream cones, getting wet by swimming at the beach not being drenched because you can’t find your umbrella, T shirts and shorts – not jeans and jumpers. It is supposed to be hot. Driving around in the car with the aircon on is one of the simple pleasures of the chaos that is Christmas shopping. I don’t even feel like doing any Christmas shopping. The weather is all wrong – so I’m not in the right mood!
The upside is the garden is loving it. Everything is so lush and green. The spinach has gone all spinachy, whereas last week I was beginning to doubt whether it would come to anything at all as it looked like it was about to bolt. The cucumbers, zukes and squash have begun to move after just sitting there for over a month doing nothing at all.
But the plants aren’t the only greenery going nuts – the grass has gone all long and is making the feel of the garden all scruffy and out of control. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I mowed the garden, but now it’s like it never happened at all. But mowing in the rain isn’t recommended, and isn’t very pleasant either!
Another upside is I don’t need to be out there with the hose, however the time taken to water the beds was supposed to be spent weeding, but these unwanted interlopers are getting a free reign in my fertile soil while I’m trapped inside watching the rain fall and trying really hard to feel festive. I’m going to have to get out there when it dries out and give my precious plants a bit of a feed to give back what has been stolen so brazenly!
The other problem is that harvesting of things like strawberries and peas isn’t being done with enthusiasm – in fact it’s not being done at all. It breaks my heart to think of the strawberries that are very possibly going all smooshy in the rain, but as much as I love strawberries, I’m not in a hurry to catch a cold or other nasty lurgy, that would interfere with the Christmas preparations and fun on a grander scale than a bit of rain.
The weather boffins reckon we will see clear blue skies again in about 5 days, but only for three days until the sunshine returns to its liquid form, like some kind on fairy tale princess out passed midnight. But having said that I don’t really trust the boffins. They are always wrong and the recent advice to farmers was to prepare for drought this summer…. Just in case! I love a decisive boffin!
So here I am … inside, damp, and in desperate need of a yule attitude. Maybe I should deck some halls…
Come again soon – we will find the jolly-ness if we have to kidnap the fat man himself!
Sarah the Gardener : o )