Today is forecast to reach the high thirties, as I write the birds are singing, and the Apennine mountains in the distance are glazed with a fine heat haze, and there is not a cloud in the sky.

Yesterday the guys worked hard and got the footings finished for the second garden wall, now waiting for them to dry before proceeding with the stones.  Strange, along with my daily plant watering ritual  I had to water the footings last night so they didn’t dry out too quickly.

Last night there was not even the slightest breeze, utter peace, bright stars, the plough is very much in evidence overhead.  We feasted off steaks cooked on the barbecue and sat out late slowly sipping a fine Sagrantino di Montefalco

Hot Hot sunshine

Summer has really arrived here.  We are currently enjoying a heatwave with temperatures in the mid to high thirties, and forecast to continue through August.

Great if you are on holiday, but I guess not so much fun for the builders who are having to work in this heat on the second garden wall.

The sun has ripened our fruit trees and I have been busy making jams and preserves and drying figs.  The vegetable garden is currently producing a glut of tomatoes, so bottling will commence shortly!