Yesterday in the evening, we had a much anticipated thunderstorm that finally ended the heat wave. It was glorious. Rain! Cooler temperatures! Such a relief. I really did enjoy this over performing summer weather - I can´t remember a summer with so many dips in the pond and so many hours in the hammock - but at the end, it got too intense. The heat came with a drought that basically torched the entire walled garden. I am going to cut it back vigorously now and hope for a lovely late summer with more rain.
Yesterday´s storm damaged an old plum tree, smashed the hydrangeas and brought down the first apples. Not a problem really! I´ll happily collect all storm victims in my garden (I can´t bring myself to cut any of my hydrangeas, but if a storm "helps" it is another thing entirely, right?).
So many things coming out of the veggie garden, it´s a delight. On a different note, see those lovely tomatoes in the pic above? They are an orange variety, "Auriga", which used to be a very common tomato in Eastern Germany. It´s my first year growing them and I completely forgot that they are supposed to be orange. I kept waiting for them to turn red! Here is me wondering how much heat it actually takes for those darn tomatoes to get ready when they´ve been ripe for weeks! #winning
So, naturally I´ve been busy making tomato sauces and passata like a crazy woman. It has a bit more urgency than usual this year because this Saturday, we will embark a ferry to Sweden where we will spend our first real holiday in four years. We´ll stay on the coast near Gothenburg for a week and then another week in Smaland. I am a bit (ok very) nervous because we are taking Ludwig who still thinks driving in a car is torture, but otherwise I can´t wait. We´ll be off the grid entirely so the blog will stay quiet until we are back. Think good thoughts for us and have a great time yourself! See you in Mid-September with lots of pictures from our time in Sweden!