It´s really hot around here. It´s good news for the farmers I guess who have been harvesting the grain from the surrounding fields all weekend long. I will admit that even in the third year here, these huge harvesting machines do scare me. Once all is done though, it´s a very pretty sight.
Ludwig does not like the heat but he loves runnnig over the empty fields. Also look how beautiful and grown-up my dog looks.
On hot days like these I am grateful that this old house with its massive walls keeps so cool. Those old farmers certainly knew what they were doing.
I´ve been eating a lot of what I call my "hippie lunches". Which means that I take whatever looks good in the kitchen garden and prepare it in the simplest way possible: Grate carrots, add lemon juice and olive oil, eat. Fry huge pieces of chard, add an egg, eat. The tomatoes are almost ripe now so I foresee a lot of tomato salad in my future.
The garden isn´t taking the heat well. A week of storms and now such extreme temperatures - it´s not a great recipe for a good looking garden. Lots of perennials which were about to bloom two weeks ago just gave up I think. I´ve been fretting over this a lot but only today I decided to just calm down and enjoy these rare hot summer days. The garden will recover or not. It is what it is, always.
And look, how pretty, the rudbeckia is blooming. I´m annoyed by this plant for most of the season so it is a joy to see everything looking good for once in front of the house. - Stay cool, wherever you are!