Last June Blog. 30-6-18
“The sun has got his hat on,
hip, hip, hip hoorah,
the sun has got his hat on
and he’s coming out to play”!
The sun shines, all’s right with the world. At least, in the UK , I think everywhere in the UK has sunshine?
We love to get our summer sunshine, whenever that happens to be. Usually for few days in June. Maybe this year we will get a longer summer, maybe not. We never know!
During the long dark days of late autumn, winter and early spring, whatever that all means, we dream of days of light. Days that actually mean ‘full days’ of light, not the pittance we often get masquerading as summer, but full blown long, hot, sumner days. Days we can sit in the garden or stroll through a park, enjoying a sunny spot of dry grass to sit on and watch birds or talk ‘about the weather’, as we often do (sunny or not).
This year looks as though we may have more than just a couple of summer days. Of course, now I have ‘put the mockers on it’. Will say no more, will not tempt providence.
What many of us do, during those dark winter times, is plan our summer gardens. We look through catalogues for seeds and plants. Or, if like me, you buy plants as the fancy takes you, and the spring leads on into summer, you think on what it will be like when the fruit flowers bloom. In our minds, count how many berries will grace our palettes. How pretty our flowers will turn out to be from those first tempting buds.
And now, that longed for summer sunshine has arrived. We start to complain that we have used up rainwater in the barrels and have to raid the taps. Some plants do not like tap water but you tell them ‘ it is only for a short while and we usually get rain in July’. I have read that some Councils are talking of hose-pipe bans already.
Job’s Comforter, you say? Well, we all need rain for a time. If only life was like Science Fiction, where we could order rain to fall during the night, and that it would stop at sunrise! Unfortunately, Science Fiction is just that. Fiction. It does not happen that way.
We water our tubs, hoping that plants in the ground will be able to cope with water from a hose just twice a week, if they are lucky. (My climbing roses that have not been watered at all and were suppised to last from the last rainfall weeks ago, are going brown).
If you do not do any gardening, the above is not applicable. But if you run, play tennis, take the dog for a walk, then it is. You see, the summer affects us all, in one way or another.
Unless my words fall true, which I hope they do not as, apart from water, we NEED a good summer, once in a while. We NEED the Vitamin D we get from sunshine. People in these islands get little enough Vitamin D.
Have a great summer, wherever you are. Be careful, do not get sunburn, that is deadly.