Even though we thought we'd seen the last of the flying ants in the house last week, we unusually had a second "invasion" yesterday. Normally we see these once a year and then they are gone. Perhaps it is the wet and warm weather?
For about a week now we have had better summer weather in this part
of the UK. Temperatures have been in the mid 20s to low 30s (deg C) all
week. We had one big storm which dropped humidity, but yesterday and
today are hot.
It is also "flying ant season". Whilst I was out yesterday we had hundreds of flying ants in our bedroom. I gather these larger,flying ants are queens.
A few hours ago we had a violent storm pass through with heavy rain, hail and thunder. Now the storms have moved east towards the coast (now in the North Sea) and we are having a lovely evening with much lower humidity and pleasant evening sunshine. The image shows the storm at its height a few hours ago.
We have had the hottest day of the year so far with a temperature of 32 deg C, so we spent some of the afternoon in the garden. We had
tea outside. There was a gentle breeze.
Here are a few images in our garden. The first
is our Crocosomia "Lucifer" and the second a cobweb on our birdbath. The
latter was being well used by the wasps today. There was a sparrowhawk
chasing the young swifts high above us. The frog (?) was spotted when we watered the garden.
This evening, the UK Parliament votes on whether or not to renew the
Trident submarines which carry our "independent" nuclear deterrent. I
personally think this is a TOTAL waste of money. Most nations
don't have this. Are we really any safer? Personally I'd rather spend
the money (£100 billion?) on things that help us with 21st century
threats such as terrorism.
What amazes me is why so many in the UK
parliament think this is "a good idea". Sorry, but we are in NATO and
are very very unlikely to fire nuclear weapons. In my view, Trident
should be phased out as soon as possible.
Sorry if this
is political, but I hate the whole idea of the UK having nuclear
weapons at all. Were these ever to be used, it would be the end of
civilisation. We should be setting an example for others to follow.
Here in eastern England we have had a bad summer so far: it has been very wet and temperatures have been lower than normal. Oddly, my brother in Devon has had a good summer. Next week they are forecasting warmer weather here with sun. Temperatures of 25-22 deg C are possible here. The jet stream has been right overhead and we have seen low after low roll in with very few long sunny spells. Maybe things are changing?
The man, allegedly, who stabbed Boris Johnson - a possible UK Prime
Minister candidate - in the back (metaphorically) has been sacked from
the new UK Cabinet. I for one, although not a Conservative, agree with
this. There is no place in the UK government for such people.
I am told
Mr Gove is a bright man. His recent behaviour has left me speechless. I only hope that all around the Cabinet table are people who take theír jobs with great seriousness. They will be married to their jobs and all will have to work long, hard hours.
We now have a new Prime Minister and Cabinet. We voted to leave the EU. The future is a book still to be written. I very much hope we welcome genuine refugees fleeing conflict in their own lands.
I wish the new PM well, but it is a VERY long time go that I voted
Conservative! Leaving the EU and still remaining good friends with our
European neighbours will not be easy.
As I have said before, we
like the idea of free trade but not free movement of people to our small
island. We already are crowded with a high population density. Unlike
Germany with a falling population we do not actually need people.
course, genuine refugees fleeing conflict are always welcome. We
welcomed Hugenots, German Jews and others in the past and I hope we are
still a welcoming place for those fleeing trouble in their own lands.
Most British have always welcomed refugees. I remember being at school with a boy from Hungary in the late 1950s. I hope he soon felt at home.
It is now over a week since the UK voted to leave the EU. Although the pound
has fallen the stock markets seem to have taken things OK so far. The UK seems
to be on a self destruct route at the moment with the Labour party in
civil war and the Conservatives thrown into confusion by Boris not
standing for PM. It will be some time before the fog clears and we chart
a new path.
Personally I do not trust Gove and think Theresa May would make the best PM, although I am not a Conservative voter.
If a snap General Election is called my inclination is to vote Liberal Democrat again.
We are now in July and certainly here in East Anglia we have had one of
the worst summers I can remember so far. We have had just a few
continuous days of sun and settled weather. Most of the time it has been a mixture of rain,
cloud and some sun.
In the west of the UK it has been better, but we
have had a real absence of high pressure over us with long settled,
warm, sunny, weather.