Hanging baskets

This was my garden…….in 2017….20170831_153616

This was my back yard last year. Everything was lush and green with lots of colour. This year things are not as good, some plants are wilting in the heat, others have only just survived. I haven’t taken photos of them because its all a bit messy. Still I will persevere. We might be getting some rain on Sunday if we are lucky.

There may be some thunderstorms east of us but nothing due here. It’s so strange, we are a wet country usually. We are normally known for complaining about cold wet summers, and grey dismal winters.

Climate change? I don’t know. But something is going on.

Multiply up all the gardens in the country where the plants are struggling. Then think of all the farms that are having trouble, having to feed hay and winter food stocks to there animals because there is not enough grass for them. It’s not normal. While over in Europe temperatures have risen above 40°C.

But we are lucky in comparison with other parts of the world. Terrible floods, droughts. The world’s temperature has risen since the turn of the millennium.

We are worried by plastic in the oceans, maybe we should really worry about the climate before its too late. Climate scientists have reported that the weather could actually become so hot that we end up in a “hot house Earth” scenario.

If not for our generation, but for future ones we need to stop listening to business people whose interest is short term gain and move to a more balanced, less greedy world. If that means that rich western countries should share technology with the whole world then that’s what we should do. Rant for the day over. ..

Sunshine

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An ode about the heat and fires around the world this year.

 

Sun shines high in the sky,

leaves turn  so crisp and dry,

Green turns to Brown,

Frazzled flowers wilt.

 

Sun shines up in the sky,

Birds will still try to fly,

Some fall right down

We feel no guilt.

 

Sun flies high in the sky,

Land parched and very dry,

Fires burn a town,

ashes on all that’s built.

 

Sun heats the air and sky,

Animals start to die,

No grass has grown,

No waters lilt.

 

Sunburnt we watch the sky,

Eyes have no tears to cry,

Desert puts on her crown,

No drop of rain is spilled.

 

 

Rain and Shine

The UK is one if those weird places in the world where the weather can change at the drop of a hat (or a cold front). The hot dry weather we have experienced over the last few weeks has taken us a bit by surprise.

British people expect changeable weather. If its sunny for a few days, and hot, we expect a thundery breakdown of the weather, raining cats and dogs…. (metaphorically)…If it is raining we expect more of it, or fog or snow, or hail….we can’t get used to it….and yet we are fine if we go abroad, where its always sunny!

Britain lies in a temperate climate, with winds coming towards us from all directions…East winds bringing cold Siberian temperatures or rain from Europe, North winds with storms and snow, West winds with Atlantic gales and low pressures, or areas of high pressure that can bring sun or frost. Heat rising on winds from the South,  dragging up sand from the Sahara ….

There are many sayings in Britain along the lines of “if you can see _____ its going to rain, and if you can’t see _____ it is raining.” That is why its such a green land.

But, we are using too much of the water that we have in reserves, there are canals being closed for the summer because they don’t have enough water. Some reservoirs are almost empty…it is not a crisis yet. It may not get that bad but we are hearing about possible hose pipe bans.

Maybe It is global warming, all I can say is I hope humanity decide to do something about it…..

Hot

 

I’m hot, its 2.30 am and the temperature in here is 27 degrees Celcius inside and around 19 degrees Celcius outside !

That’s hot, and it’s been even hotter in the daytime. Some parts of Britain have been over 30 degrees Celcius…That’s over 90 Farenheit I think.

We are not used to it. This has been going on for over two weeks, hardly a cloud in the sky.

Fires, either accidental or deliberate have burned on moorland across the country. Some have even been visible from space, plumes of smoke drifting over towns, houses having to be evacuated. Fire crews from all over Britain came to help fight them.

We just are not used to it. The driest summer I remember was in 1976. We had water cuts, and had water bowsers in the street. People were encouraged to take showers or share baths! Grey water, from washing up or the bath were used to water gardens. We even had a government minister for rain. It actually rained when he took on the job!

Today it was really hot, so hot I wanted to melt. We went out to a local park to the 6 towns one city festival to read and hear poetry and music, but after an hour we left because we were overheating!

But….I know elsewhere in the world our heat is a cool breeze. Our use of water has increased, and yet some countries have hardly any. People have to walk for miles to collect dirty and diseased water which is all they have to cook with, wash and drink.

So, I’m not sure I should complain, but it doesn’t feel right. The jet stream is dragging warm air up from the continent …what we need is a jolly good thunderstorm! Maybe its global warming. I do think it’s time we tried to reduce it.