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  1. Well after a lovely couple of weeks holiday in les Alpes-Maritimes (again) for the end of July, back in Scotland it's been just a return to normal Scots summer weather.... as everyone is quite aware of, so not much to add really. My lawn has recovered; big brown patches when I got back from France are green again, particularly with clover (which I learned from @Northernlights is deep rooted). Some plants seem to be giving it a shot at a second round of flowering if they can squeeze one in; the first round being tempered by drought. Apples seems seriously well advanced; lots of them, big / juicy, and already turning red. The trees were starting to dump a lot of undeveloped fruit a few weeks back, presumably due to the drought, but then the recent rain seems to have given them a boost.
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    World Cup 2018

    What are you on about? I've bought an England top and have every limb / digit I can crossed for them! Everyone I know just can't take any more of 'it's coming home' and every single kick in the tournament being compared to '66 by the commentators. The talk is that if England win the final, that will swing it for Yes! Anyway, best of luck, but Mrs SS will have me sleeping on the couch if I don't sing the La Marseillaise with sufficient gusto.
  3. Barley starting to turn gold here. Some of it's barely knee high though; it's bizarre to see.
  4. Nae chance o' that any time soon. Big Eck has a lot of work tae dae before there's any hope.
  5. Heaven be praised. It's raining here! EDIT. Look, for real:
  6. Well herbaceous plants officially wilting in these parts now, and that's with us getting some downpours a few weeks back. Gairdin now getting sprinkler treatment. One plant species that's loving it all is the roses. I've never seen so many blooms. Some which rarely flower are producing a plethora. This red one we'd almost given up on as it produces just a few flowers, is totally bursting with them. Really big too and fully open. I'm guessing the dry weather has all but eliminated blackspot fungus etc that plague roses when it's cool and wet all the time. That and their deep roots + sunshine.... EDIT and cold winter / spring + long hot summer is so far looking to give a bumper apple crop. Just hope there's enough rain / it doesn't stay too dry for this.
  7. Describes the weather here perfectly.
  8. Well, total scorcher here too of course. Weather station was showing into the low 30's in the afternoon peak. Was off the day as the car was in the garage, so been enjoying the sun as much as possible. Nice long dug walk earlier, bit kept to the forest to ensure shade. Maybe getting a bit too hot. However, the cooler nights make it alright as it's heat at night that I can't take. Gairdin is holding up; just the lawn looking a bit dry. We've had some bouts of very heavy rain and the local springs are still flowing, so not parched as yet here. Made mental note to look for the sprinkler though, as it looks like it'll be needed.
  9. LOL. Must admit that while a NE/E'ie, I did in retrospect realise how that might have been read as the urban dictionary version rather than the standard oven related one. EDIT and oh, I suppose intentionally exploring boggy ground on a hot Scots summer evening is the behaviour of a prize idiot so...
  10. Absolute roaster here. Was cooler at work in Edinburgh due to the haar, which is always quite a site as you come over soutra and look down over east lothian. I'd take some photos of it but that's against the law now; at least while yer daein 60 mph. Anyway went out for an evening dug walk and it was idyllic. Fields of gold stuff. Went into the woods up the hill where there's a spring line and discovered a forest of foxgloves; really impressive growth and lovely in the late evening light streaming through the trees. However, it was at that point I was caught by a marauding pack of cleggs. Trapped by thick ferns, a boggy area and a barbed wire fence, it got really nasty really quickly. Was telling the dugs 'Just run, leave me, save yersels!' at one point while I thrashed my way wildly through the undergrowth, swatting madly. Home now getting treated by Mrs SS and her sting cream. Cold beer helping. Man it's hot.
  11. It's hot and sunny here. Few standard phone photaes of said hot and sunny weather... - Dug walk yesterday lunchtime with hot dugs included (burn visit of course part of itinerary). - Second dug walk (forest section) at dusk because the weather is crackin. I love the way the woods are full of ferns at this time; positively primeval. - Looking over Embra westwards down the midland valley from the top of Hillend (the day's ski session). Guid tae hae summer back again.
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    Links to Reports and Papers

    Work email today on this topic.
  13. Been too busy to wash them for a while and the fact there's been no rain meant the cars were fairly clean. Off work yesterday and gave them a good wash. OMG the fronts of them took forever. A scene of mass insect slaughter on a horrific scale. It had been getting to the point you couldn't see through the front windae for deid bugs. I mind coming home one night and they were so thick in the air they were literally patterning on the screen as the car cut them down in their hundreds. Like a scene from the swarm or something. Have to say that's the one thing I'm not missing about this return to more normal weather.
  14. Well, I don't know what the weather is like at Fort SS, but here in Oslo it's crackin. Norwegians have obviously been enjoying what we have so far this summer. And... Update on Mrs. Blackbird's bairns in the shed at home courtesy of mini miss SS.
  15. Gairden got a proper water again the day around lunchtime. Other than that, not a lot to report. Noticed that the torrential rain yesterday hasn't done any crop damage. But then this seems to be because everything looks rather short (so less susceptible to being flattened), I assume because it's been so dry. Only one plant oot the back at ours took a serious hit; a geranium we bought a few years back we now call 'the triffid'. Been getting too big for its roots and well, it's suffered for that when the big man upstairs emptied the bath right on us.
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