After last summer’s heatwave and the difficulties I had both locking my back door and getting to bed at a reasonable hour, I have worked out tactics to avoid these now that we have moved into summery weather.
The first is to open the curtains as soon as I wake up in order to let my brain see as much bright light as possible. Then make sure that I’m inside a darkened house from early evening in order to prepare my brain for sleep.
Secondly, with the back door liable to expand in the afternoon sun, it makes sense to do any work in the garden while the south of the house is in shade in the early morning. This should also help me remain on track for getting to sleep at night.
Enjoying the reflections in the pond while it is in shade this morning.
Thus, jobs for this morning included potting on day lilies and butternut squash and planting out the globe artichoke from Nancy at skyent. It was sad to take down some of the phacelia, just coming into flower, to make space for the artichoke, but I thought it needed to be in the ground now in order to establish I strong root system.
In any case, whilst out and about, I saw my first blue butterfly in the garden. With my sunglasses on, it was hard for me to get a good look at it, especially as it was so small, but I believe it must be a Common blue butterfly. The other blue butterflies in Britain are unlikely to be here because we don’t have the right terrain or vegetation.
Anyway, unfortunately, I couldn’t get a photo. Perhaps equally unfortunately, I had an unplanned nap this afternoon, so I’ll probably be up half the night now. Especially as I’ve got work tomorrow.