It's been hot, mind-meltingly hot. The kind of heat that gives you wet patches on top of your shoulders where the sweat has dripped off your ear lobes. The sort of hot that makes it imperative that you wring out any bra with a hint of padding before slinging it into the washing basket or you'll wake up to an Ali Baba of damp, smelly, colour mingled clothes. Too hot to think and too hot to write. Too hot to call a plumber to mend the irrigation system or to contact the myriad of other workmen needed to repair everything that is packing up in the house. Sloth-inducing sultry heat.
But everyone who lives here knows the saying 'August is half summer and half winter' and right on cue, today the weather changed. High cloud appeared and the humidity lifted. When I open a window coolness enters rather that heat. The temperatures are still over 30C but the oppressiveness has gone and energy is returning. Today I sought and found a wrench and a screwdriver and took off the timer that has refused to allow my garden to be watered but let water leak out of all its joints, and switched it for another one - No more dribbles where they shouldn't be and hopefully, happier looking roses - I also grabbed a rake and got rid of a few barrow loads of pine needles and more importantly, I am sitting at the computer and writing my second blog post in less than 48 hours. Time to get back to the keyboard.