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Well it looks as if we are in for some very hot weather, early next week so, thought we better have a fresh start.
Actually, it got a little too hot for me, a couple of times today…..plants in the greenhouse soon dried out!
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Maybe - we haven't got above 20 yet this month but at least the nights have been above 10.
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Just hand weeded down three very long rows of carrots…..a bit painful on the back but, very satisfying when I had done them!
Then had Big Berths out and rotovated where the two rows of Swift potatoes were….this will be used for the second lot of runner beans.
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Local weather report has given a heat warning; but they now cover both Dorset/Hants & all across to the South East coast counties. We are showing 23C locally but I believe the east coast is looking at least another 5C on that! Just gonna get down real early as usual so no hose queues, which to date there have not been, but most folk coming down in the evening & waiting.
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20 degrees with a nice breeze but too hot now to be doing much outside. window blinds at half mast to keep the house a bit cooler.
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we are supposed to get 29 degrees C tomorrow and Wednesday.
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Finally cracked the 20 for the first time this month, 23.3° at the moment. Grandchildren staying with us at the moment before leaving for New Zealand next month so took them to the local landmark in the lovely weather.
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That must be really tough for you and your wife, Geoff !
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Now today was the hottest so far & as is the way this year lots of mini disasters to impede me moving into the shaded area jobs! Firstly the hose split when run over by a car, but when I tried to fix it, it showed it's age & just continued to split everywhere I added a joiner thingie. I couldn't be bothered dragging out the new metal casing one I bought as wasted enough time so used what length left to water as much as possible then it was the cans. Birds have been busy nibbling the lettuce & stuff; probably as I covered their other favoured nibbles like the Swede & Kohl Rabi, fox trapped another pigeon under the netting in the red cabbage bed & a hazel pole snapped. After considerable cussing it was more re-sows & mending.

Took a last harvest of 'normal' strawberries, but the ever bearing ones are nearing their 2nd crop. Raspberries are ripening & some Jostaberries turning black so a mixed mini harvest & took the first cucumber in the tunnel. Well the 'To Do' list is not getting shorter but at some point the tide must turn in my favour!
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Went to pick a few raspberries to dish up for pud tomorrow and found that every loganberry on the adjacent row had come ready in an instant, there's a huge amount...and huge fruit too with all the recent rains....so change of pud menu...and tonight's pud was a la loganberry row, as I picked...

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Thunder storms predicted for later 20 degrees and very humid, so they be right, we don't usually see the lightening except in the next river valley north towards Montrose.
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Made my hair rustle like pea straw, today.
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Hope Primrose is okay, haven’t seen her on the forum, for a while!
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Today was one of those days for me that I don't need again for several decades. Mr went off to the quay for his coffee & cake & his card was declined. After what seemed like hours I got him through to the right person at the bank to find they froze it as the company he was to buy his new off road mobility scooter from was a scam site, but they would not talk to me as Mr's account, but Mr can hardly use his phone let alone understand the language they use. All was fine for a while when I was speaking to junior people until it got the big bod that could unfreeze his account. This guy was not taking any prisoners & would not even let me give him our joint e-mail but only talk to him.

Anyway I took the phone eventually as they wanted it blocked while investigating but we both can't use my card at the same time & Mr was getting well stressed as just did not understand. Anyway outcome was; after I advised this guy of his health issues, his was card unblocked but a limit set. No time frame on how long the limit is but this guy was a bit excited so assume this is a big fraud issue they have been alerted to. Makes sense as scammers always target the older & vulnerable & sell off details to other scammers so they are bombarded. Good they were alert but we were the victims not the instigators!
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Sorry to read of your stressful day Westie; these scammers are typical lowlife that have little feelings or respect for other people's lives. Let's hope it gets resolved and the scammers punished.

I lifted some of my potatoes this evening and they were all rather small and disappointing. The ground is so dry and hard and we have not had rain here for some time now. This afternoon I planted out some cabbages, I must make some collars to protect them. How do other people on here protect their cabbages?

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