We went to Hereford yesterday, to check out Wheelchairs at the Mobility Centre, and bought one which will do grass and gravel (it has Mountain Bike tyres and cost an arm and a leg), but need to go back tomorrow to collect it as it had to be ordered. We couldn't help noticing how brown and sere it was everywhere - the hot weather has really scorched everything growing.
We will have an early autumn - there were drifts of yellow Birch leaves along the roadside and entire golden trees amongst the struggling woodland. Beeches are turning already, Sycamores dropping leaves and everywhere SO thirsty. There was some rain on the journey, but not much. It had passed us by, bar a few drops first thing, but yesterday evening we had a little thunder and then steady rain which the garden greedily absorbed. I should think if I put a spade in later it wouldn't be more than skin-deep dampness though.
I had intended to go to M&S for a couple of things I needed, and to Doughty's as they have 10% off fabrics at the moment, but we were late leaving, then got held up in a long line of traffic on the A438, so I did a 3 point turn and headed up the Bredwardine turning and we came in Madley way. When I mentioned getting lunch, Keith realized he'd left his tablets behind and so plans to go shopping were swiftly abandoned (I seem fated not to get a leisurely browse at Doughty's), although I did listen to the siren call of the brown "Eaton Bishop Church" sign I'd noticed on the way in and stopped for a swift round of photos. Apologies for another church quite so soon (and there should be Pilleth next but I will put that on hold) but this one is worth it for the Medieval stained glass.
The photos of the lower levels suffered from poor light - must go back and try again. If I have Keith with me, I am always in a hurry to get back to the car.
This morning I am struggling to stay awake. I unwittingly inhaled a lot of fine straw dust by driving along with the windows open yesterday. I have been awake, not able to breath well, all night and have had to take one of my extra-strong anti-histamines this morning, which has finally helped.
Glad that it is so much cooler now and we have had some rain, with more forecast. Hope things are more comfortable where you are too, for my UK followers.