Lovely Lovely Rain!

Saturday, 28th July 2018 at 12:14 pm 5 comments

I can’t cope with hot weather at all. I want to be one of those people who loves being out in the sunshine, having a stroll down the canal while eating an ice-cream or sitting on a bench in the park while reading a book. I’m not just imagining this, I’ve seen people actually do these things. And they do it while looking as fresh as a daisy. I have very pale skin so will start to burn within half an hour of being outside, even with a high factor sunscreen smeared all over me. And I constantly feel like I need a shower, even though I had one just two hours ago. I’m in a permanent state of wilt, my brain isn’t functioning properly and I can’t concentrate on anything for too long. I’m just not built for the summer 😀

We’ve had a few days where the mornings start off relatively cool, I’ve tried to get the housework done then (I don’t want to, but needs must!). I feel very proud of myself for making the effort each time, then it gets to around 10am and I start to wilt again. Crocheting my blanket is impossible so I’ve been playing around with small projects. Even those are difficult, just working with yarn makes me feel hot and it’s hard work.

But this morning at 5am I woke up to the sound of rain, I was so pleased and jumped out of bed just to look at it. But it was dark and I couldn’t see a thing. This was the view of my garden an hour later – grey skies and rain. Lovely 😀


I managed a few more rows on my blanket a couple of weeks ago but haven’t touched it since.  I’ve just discovered a mistake – when I start a row of what I call ordinary stitches (a row of trebles, half trebles or dc), I do the chain then work the next stitch into the same place. This gives a perfectly straight edge – when you’re turning the work. I carried on working the rows in my usual way, forgetting to take into account that I’m not turning it and now I have wonky bits. I’ll keep it in mind from now on and hope that when the border is done, it doesn’t show. Much 😀

Gardening is being done late at night or early in the morning, I’m not stepping foot in the back garden once the sun has come round. We’ve eaten plenty of strawberries, salad leaves, carrots, cucumbers and courgettes. The potatoes are looking good and we’ve managed to grow a melon. The melon is tiny at the moment, I have no idea if it’ll ripen properly in the UK but I’m just pleased it’s grown at all. The tomatoes have gone into a state of suspended animation – will they ever ripen? I’ve plaited some onions and have hung them on the side of the shed, when I sit out there under my little shelter in the shade, I look at them and feel very Pioneer Woman.

I’ve come up with a crochet pattern for sunflowers, I’ve searched and can’t find the same thing anywhere so it’s safe to say it’s mine! I wrote it in my own weird way and have tried to write it out properly but I didn’t realise how difficult it would be – hats off to pattern writers everywhere 😀 I want to make stalks but I haven’t decided how I want them to look yet, for now they’re balancing on sticks from old reed diffusers.

blanket progress


green tomatoes






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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tialys  |  Saturday, 28th July 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I like the heat – mostly – but don’t like it when I’m trying to sleep at night. Our house in France is very old with very thick stone walls and shutters which helps but sometimes I wouldn’t mind a bit of air conditioning.
    I love your sunflowers – I’m sure a pattern would be popular.

  • 2. Mrs P  |  Sunday, 29th July 2018 at 9:14 am

    I for one also welcomed the rain my poor garden is in quite a sorry state it looks like a desert, I keep asking Beloved if it will recover from being parched …he assures me it will 🙂
    LOVE your sunflowers x

  • 3. Tails Around the Ranch  |  Monday, 30th July 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I’m with you on summer’s heat. It’s just not for me and I find I spend more time hibernating indoors where there’s air conditioning. Going outside is reserved for the wee morning hours. The dogs agree with me. LOVE, love, love your sunflowers!

  • 4. authorpolk  |  Tuesday, 14th August 2018 at 1:59 am

    My older sister used to drag me out to walk with her in the rain. Then we’d come home, dry off, and I’d make her sit while I read poetry out loud. It’s one of my fond memories of childhood and makes me happy when it rains. To keep the tradition going, I made sure to take my kids out in the rain for special activities. We live on a hill so it was easy to send leaf boats sailing away in the streams of water or building a dam to create calm pools, etc. So, I’m with you on loving the rain and yes, heat makes me wilt too. Like you, I burn easily. Love the sunflowers–so cheerful and am way impressed by your braided onions.

  • 5. MollyBean  |  Thursday, 16th August 2018 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for your comments 😀 Most people I know think I’m odd, not liking the heat, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone! I’m doing my best with a pattern for the sunflowers, I’m almost there and will post it as soon as I’ve finished tweaking it and I’m satisfied that it makes sense,lol.


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