July 26, 2021

Enjoyed a good thunderstorm this afternoon. Not an ear-splitter but rumbled on for an hour or so. 15mm of rain in about 40 mins.

October 4, 2020

In the first four days of October we have had two–three times the rainfall that we had throughout the whole of September. Over the past week we have had the first frost, first evening with the wood burner lit, and the first mornings with the heating on. A small flock of mistle thrushes was in the chestnut tree in the church yard next door - we occasionally see a pair around here, but to see a flock can only mean they are winter migrants from the continent. Read more

August 13, 2020

Apart from a bit of lightning in the distance last night, am most disappointed to have missed out on the thunderstorms overnight. There is still thundery cloud about this morning, so maybe we’ll be in luck today, however, it’s quite a bit cooler so the chance may have passed.

August 6, 2020

After a curiously murky and muggy day, I’m glad the skies have cleared. Enjoying sitting outside this evening watching the fading light. It’s very still, the sounds of distant traffic, a few birds and my dog rummaging under the pear tree for fallers.

April 5, 2020

Ran a new route this morning. I needed to increase my distance so worked out new a 4k circuit that took me on some new footpaths. Nice sunny morning - windy but much warmer. Saw my first swallow of the year to boot, plus a peregrine. Contentment inducing.

Stephen James

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