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Beauty And The Beast

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Im a highland lass, used to the challenges and rigours of highland life. Used to the fact that some summers are just rubbish and it looks like a rubbish spring has just given waty to an equally rubbish autumn. You cant see the green foliage on the trees because of low cloud and rain, so you have no clues that summer has arrived at all! However just a little less often like 1 in every 5 to 7 years we get something special, with very long hot and warm summers, 1995, 2003 and 2006 being the ones I can remember best, I think 1992 was another nice one and 1999 on a par with that too.

But we are having one of those summers where its just been rain and cloud, temps struggling to get and stay in the low teens, which is unusal here as we live in the path of the gulfstream so it should keep things a little warmer than what its doing right now. Sea surface temps around here are barely above 10C they should be closer to 14C right now. Lack of sunshine has turned my tomatto plants from the king of the crop to something out of lilliput lane land and instead of fighting the birds and slugs for the lions share of the strawberry crop, Im left looking a the dozens of pretty flowers..... and thinking wouldnt they make a nice house plant! lol

I shouldnt complain we have needed the rain somewhat desperately, even the midges have taken a battering, this is the first time this year I have been bitten...but not so much as a bump on my arm. Over the winter and into spring.. first six months of the year... we had 100mm of rain, that by normal situations should be closer to 2000mm. We didnt get the snow either like other areas, we were just cold so very very very cold. we had a -10C maxima and 10 consectutive days of below freezing daytime temps.... It was a long hard winter and what we needed was a long hot summer to compensate (with rainfall at night)...

Right now the weather is miserable outside, it has a very autumninal feel to it, thisusually happens around this time of year though... today I cursed the weather as I battled to let the hens out, collect fire wood in and retrieve my wheelie bin from the other side of the road, Im thinking about being super eco friendlyy and putting the dirty washing on the line , rubbing some wash powder onto it and letting mother nature, wash, spin, wash spin and then rinse my washing for me... Im sure she could manage it.

Howvver even in this disgusting weather we get the odd good day, like yesterday, it was amazing, and to put the icing on the cake an amazing sunset... suddenly Im no longer cursing the weather, I live in a beautiful if a little tempermental place, Im at peace and then I remember why I live here.II always feel that this place is like beauty and the beast...

Tomato plant or strawberry flower anyone?
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