It was a real ‘stinker’ today. Hot as hades. The lying weather widget on my desktop says it was only 20 degrees celsius. It felt more like 30! In the valley I live in, the road seal was melting, my butter was one degree short of self-clarifying, and we were sweating. I hate summer.
I’m looking enviously at forecasts for severe (cold) weather in the Northern Hemisphere and wishing I could live a life where I have six months in the Southern Hemisphere and the next six in the North. And stay in perpetual Autumn/Winter for the whole year. That would be bliss.
Anyway, rant over, I decided that in the interests of keeping sane, I would look at the positives of summer and the joy of living in New Zealand (and being rural)! Like this lovely bouquet of summer grasses that I picked and brought inside this afternoon. So many delicate seed structures, so pretty! Such wonderful inspiration for cable and lace patterns!
Let’s have a closer look at these beauties:
It fascinates me that there are so many varieties of grass. From a farmer’s perspective, I know that not all these grasses are welcome. I think the pale green one in the foreground that looks like wheat:
I think it’s wheat grass. I have a very distinct memory of spending several hours in my uncle’s fields pulling out this grass stalk and putting it into large rubbish sacks one summer holiday of long ago…
I notice that the grasses grow at different rates and have varying textures to their leaves. Obviously some are more nutritious and useful as animal feed than others. It would be interesting to find out more.
But, I didn’t spend all afternoon ogling grass. Someone else in the household has an opposite view of summer to me, and so this is what we (he, actually) did for the rest of the day:
This is the Lyall Bay on the South Coast of Wellington. I didn’t think he’d want to go swimming. Silly me!