What is happening?

We are currently in the middle of a heatwave that has encompassed a lot of Europe. Recording breaking temperatures have been recorded in Germany, Poland, France, Spain, and the Czech Republic. The highest temperatures recorded appears to be in the southern French commune of Gallargues-le-Montueux where the mercury rose to an awful 45.9°!

Deaths have been reported and huge fires are raging. I’m certain there’s many Brexiters who believe that once we leave Europe, the weather will get better here in Britain.

The cause of the heatwave has been dubbed the Saharan Bubble and it can only be hoped that it will be popped before we go next month.

While it was warm in Farnham today it was not record breaking by any stretch of the imagination. A soft, cool breeze blew through my office from the window over Carmen’s Sweet Escape to the Candy Bed and the Wildflower Patch beyond.

Speaking of garden area names, Mirinda mentioned the other day that we should name the arches rather than keep referring to them as Arch 1, 2 and 3. While I thought the arch that leads from Carmen’s Sweet Escape to the (laughingly referred to as) lawn could be called the Hidden Arch because, basically, it’s hidden behind my office and the manic dogwood, it suddenly occurred to me that the first arch should be called Don King. This is a reference to the boxing promoters hair which the top of the arch resembles.

This leaves the thorny issue of arch 3. ‘Thorny’ because it’s covered in roses and holly on one side. So maybe it should be called Thorny Arch? I like that.

Anyway, while not record breaking, the heat was pretty high today. While I worked, the breeze tried to cool me down but, basically, I had to wait for the sun to go down. Tomorrow is set to be even worse.

We’re planning to have a barbeque on the terrace.

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