It's been a bit of an all sorts week with a prom, climbing the Cathedral again, walking in the countryside, intense heat and occasional rain. I am trying to embrace this 'good' weather but finding it a bit hard to have any energy, so looking at the deck chair in the garden makes me want to stop any work and just sleep away this weather.
But where do I start? I think a mosaic starting top left and working clockwise to begin with...
Firstly, Mr Teen had his prom at the end of last week and thoroughly enjoyed saying goodbye to his school. He is so ready to start college life. Secondly, was a nice walk I had today with Mr Teen (in the scorching heat I may add - you would be so proud of me) - more on that later. Thirdly, this wonderful sun parasol which is being my saving grace at the moment if I dare venture outside. My garden is south facing so it is a nightmare for someone who likes to hide away from it. Fourthly, the rain last weekend. It was torrential but not refreshing. How I longed for more air, but it was all too brief. Fifthly, back up the Cathedral. I took Miss Teen to about half way this time but then she had to meet her mates (we were a little late)! So, I took shots of my colleague who you can see just about in the centre of the photo. I am so proud of her as she was facing her fears. So, I haven't been as busy as these little furry bundles, but in this heat, I sure felt like it!
The stone masons have certainly been busy with replacing stones. If you remember from my last climb, the bottom left stone was missing. Here it is in its brand new glory (complete with brush!).
During my drives to and from work this week, I have noticed how early the combine harvesters have been working. It's not even August and already there are blocks of harvested wheat ready. This is more like one of my autumn shots.
Both me and Mr Teen decided to take a walk down one of our usual trails to Four Mile Bar. This is a quiet walk surrounded by flat open countryside in Lincolnshire. A bit of a nightmare when we are surrounded by uncut wheat which is full of millions of thrips!
There was a breeze, but as soon as that gave way you certainly felt the intense heat from the sun.
Crossing the water on this bridge of planks reminded me of the time we came here in the cold winter with the wind howling around our ears (this post is here). We were cold, but it blew the cobwebs away. This time we were being bitten to pieces!
It was so lovely to see and hear the wildlife in its full abundance though, as well as the plants growing in the river.
And so we carried on through the fields and I started enjoying being bitten while getting up close to the wheat.
And then seeing little gems such as these everywhere I looked. There is such an abundance of butterflies this year, have you noticed?
And obviously with butterflies, comes the catapillar. Mr Teen found this one who was rather aggressive. Any ideas?
Above us the planes were taking off from the glider club and towing along the elegant and graceful gliders.
The views down the little winding river were so familiar, and so green. It was a real pleasure to re-visit them.
And seeing little seed heads all around with fluffy tendrils. Nature at one of its best times.
Next time I am here I will bring a bag to collect some of these little treasures for some elderflower wine (or champagne)!
We eventually got to the River Welland with the bridge going over, this is known as Four Mile Bar, and is one of the many flood defences for the Fens.
The bridge was in the distance with the beautiful cloud dotted sky. However we noticed two figures on the top of the bridge...
Now, I'm not condoning it, but they had the right idea! It was hot, sultry hot, and by this time there was no breeze and we were desperate to get back home.
As we walked, we saw one of them jump in and then I focused the camera so I could catch the next one. With a little hesitation, he jumped!
By the time they had swam to the side we were level with them. I asked if they had hurt themselves but they were full of smiles and said it was cool and they would be happy for me to join them! I said I would make a much bigger splash and carried on walking!!
And so, it was another walk back past the fields...
And past the tempting wildlife.
Then through the freshly harvested fields back home.
Home to a new picnic table under my pergola with my attempt at patchwork and a very large drink! The swing with crocheted blanket can wait until the evening.!
So, the dandelion clock is now ticking for that evening when I return here to see Summer end and Autumn begin. I've been brave venturing out in this heat and now sit here tapping away with camomile lotion dotted all over me with the bites to prove it!
Thank you dear Readers for your comments last week. I have been truly terrible this past week with visiting everyone but when I haven't the energy my brain frazzles to nothing! I will try to be a good blogger this week (I think it may rain tomorrow - which is good!).
Have a wonderful week as we enter into August.
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