Sunday Snippets

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Yesterday was by far the coldest we've had this winter. The Husband, who records these things, also tells me that this July was the coldest we've had since 2014. This year, unlike the previous two, we've had very little rain, no snow, and very little frost. That we've not had frosty markets, is a boon. Yet, we need the cold and the wet for our gardens and the farmers' crops...

Speaking of which:

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After last year's dismal crop of broad beans, this year's are much better. This first picking was a welcome surprise on a day when we lit the fire just after breakfast.

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They were absolutely delicious, lightly boiled with mint and with Weber roasted free range chicken which we get from our friends just outside the village.

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It was a good way to end a cold weekend.

Until next time, be well
Fiona
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa


Photo: Selma
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That's awesome and looks so delicious. Have fun and enjoy the weather to the fullest!

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The rainbow in the first photo is really pretty! Great shot! And your bean harvest looks excellent! I have now begun the habit of eating first before looking at any of your blogs simply to avoid the hunger monster that shows up! Still looks really good though!

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Hahaha! That is so funny! Happy Tuesday!

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Hey, I can't help that my stomach reacts to really great-looking food! 😋😂 And I also can't blame it at all! I hope you have a fantastic day!

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You've had the coldest July since 2014, and here in the UK we have had the driest July in over 70 years, plus we recorded our hottest day since records began. We really aren't geared up for hot summers like the one we're having.

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No, you're not. Like we aren't for cold. I remember my granny writing to me in 1976 about that drought and how the big beech tree in Kew had split down the middle.

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I remember 1976 well. I was 17 years old that year. In the south east of England, where I live, I can remember very little rain from May to September. We had thunder storms but no rain. The temperature got into the 30Cs but it didn't reach 40Cs like we had for a couple of days this year that was a record high. 1976 was the longest, hottest, driest summer that I can remember. The reservoirs ran dry. We had plagues of ladybirds. Lots of the country had their water cut off and had to collect water from standpipes.

But according to our scientists there was some rain in the July of that year. This July we have had less than a couple of millimetres. However, today the temperature has dropped, and we've just had the first of what are likely to be numerous thunder storms.

One thing is certain about the UK weather, the rain is never far away. Q

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That's interesting. I was 13 and at school in East London (the South African town). Our summers are definitely also getting hotter and we're dryer...

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We're just the opposite in UK, this year. We had two heatwaves, which is a rarity as our summer normally only last a day, or two if we're lucky. The past four days was mega hot, and it just so happened I had friends visiting so we had to take them out. I nearly melted!!! Normally I'd stay indoors in front of the fan with a cold drink

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Oh yes, batten down the hatches and shut out the heat. That's what we do when it hits 35+ and then fling everything open to cool...

Stay cool!

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ah doing the market in frost and snow would be no fun!

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Fortunately, the snow is usually pretty on the mountains and not under foot like the frost! Small mercies...😆

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Well hopefully it will all stay on the mountains!

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