Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Summer days

We are enjoying endless warm, dry summer days here in the west country. In the early evenings hot air balloons drift out from the city. The often take a dip over the nearby woodland and first come to my attention when I hear the sound of the gas burners putting more air into the balloons to make them gain height. If they fail to do so they then they occasionally land in the fields, but more usually they rise gently and drift off towards the south of the village.
Here come three of the five balloons that floated our way the other night.

This is the second summer in a row that we have enjoyed hot, dry weather and it has made me review the water storage needs for the garden. Four full butts and six half butts collect water from the garage and outbuilding roofs, but foolishly, the whole while we have lived here, water from the house roof has gone straight down the fall pipes and away. What a waste! This week we've positioned three very large butts around the house, giving an additional capacity of 1,050 litres. There is a lot of roof, let's see how quickly they will fill once we get some rain.
I'll  let the creepers grow over for a bit of disguise.

I ordered the butts but Himself did the necessary fitting!
The garden is looking rather messy now, a good rainfall would perk it up a bit. The glorious burst of June and July colour is over and the late summer flowers are opening up. I've sown the fresh seeds of my lupins and delphiniums and have got good germination. I'll add to the cutting bed as I trim the lavender and rosemary bushes.

It's a time of plenty in the veg garden - we are eating well! And there's just enough space to cram in amongst the plants in the greenhouse when we drink our coffee.

I'm savouring these days. Our winters are long!

13 comments:

  1. That balloon flew over me before it flew over you. It takes off from the Royal Crescent. Nice butts, btw...

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  2. I'd love to go on a hot air balloon trip! It must be even nicer than flying across the beautiful countryside on a small airplane like the one I was on a few weeks ago.
    Your garden looks wonderful, and getting those extra water butts is a very good idea.

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  3. Here here for savouring the days of summer...winters are TOO long. :) The hot air balloons always scared me...I guess I've read too many horror stories of people either jumping or burning to their deaths! (sorry...macabre me again lol)!! Your greenhouse is enviable!!

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    1. Yes, the greenhouse IS enviable, it is the nicest addition to the house that we've made and we make good use of it. It's out of action in the winter months when our neighbours' trees keep out any sun.
      I'm like you and prefer to see hot air balloons while my feet are firmly on the ground!

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  4. I have never seen the water butts, but it looks like an excellent idea. We have our roof water directed into one large tank for the garden, but alas this Winter there has been almost no rain and our plants are looking very sad. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous - Enjoy!

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    1. You sound well prepared with a large tank Patricia. I hope you've now had a bit of reviving rain. (We certainly have!!)

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  5. I get this wonderful feeling of joy when I see a ballon traveling in the air above me. I once had the pleasure of a ride in the basket. Because of the lack of breezes, we did not go far, but it was magical.

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    1. Yes, I have a childlike pleasure in seeing the balloons floating overhead. But you are braver than I am, I like my feet on the ground!

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  6. Interesting to hear of the hot air balloons. A friend of mine who owns a farm had a balloon come down in one of his fields. It flattened a few crops, but he was not too upset and they brought him a bottle of fine Champagne. Not bad recompense if you ask me.

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  7. What a delight that must be to see the hot air balloons. I would be tempted to take a ride in one. I like your greenhouse with enough room in it for a chair or two for a cuppa tea or coffee for you.

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