It’s the last day of August, the last day of summer and autumn is officially starting tomorrow – but here in London the summer is far from over. We have had the best summer for years, once it finally got going, and the reminiscences of the unusually cold spring and early part of the summer is now a bleak memory. The good weather started on 16th July and today, nearly 7 weeks later I can look back on several short heatwaves with well over 30 degrees and the rest has been in the mid to high 20s. Last week we had 34 degrees a couple of days and for me that’s a bit too high, I am happier in the garden with around 25 degrees C. Despite having had some rain forecasted a couple of times we have only had proper rain once and it was a welcome 24 hours of rain – but that was back in July. Everything is really dry and the ghost of mildew is hovering over my garden, threatening to invade. So far I have managed to stay clear but all the watering is taking its toll. I wouldn’t mind 3-4 days of non-stop rain....
I have made two movies for today’s post, one is my usual garden movie and one is of the birds in the garden. The bird movie is centred around one of the bird feeders and the day I was filming it was mainly sparrows visiting, although I see the odd blue tit and great tit still too. I suspect there will be more of them in the winter again. Well, I say birds on the feeder, but one of the visitors to the feeder in the movie is definitely no bird, you’ll see....
If you don’t usually view my movies in full screen you should probably take the trouble to do so today for both the movies, just use the buttons in the bottom right corner - and please change the setting to 720p or 1080p as the quality will be too grainy unless you watch them in HD.
The music for this movie was: Slow Waltz from the Suite 'Fancy Dress' by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs
The second movie is my usual end of month movie, and in the middle of the movie I have included some night shots from the garden. I so wish I had a really expensive camera so I could show you all the night lighting I have, but my little camcorder was not up for the task. I was however able to film some of the lights I have, and I also filmed my chimenea which features in the film.
The chimenea can be used with charcoal or wood and with such fuel it can also be used as a barbeque, but I usually use biofuel as I don’t cook on it, I just use it for a cosy fire.
The music was: The Banks of Green Willow by by George Butterworth
That was it for today, next post will be on the 15th September for the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I am linking today’s post to Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for End of Month View.
Until next time, take care.