Fed up with hot and dry

I miss winter. I truly do. Yes, I like watching the garden come to life in spring and the buds blossom but I love the muted lighting of winter more and feeling the cold air on my cheeks. It has been hot and dry here. It has been the driest first half of summer for the UK … EVER.

I have never seen brown grass in Duthie Park, not in the whole time we’ve lived here. I took this photo of Duthie Park the week before last.


My water butt at the allotment has been empty since March. Fortunately we had a bit of rain last week and things are starting to green up again.

It has been hot. I usually joke that Aberdeen never gets hot but we’ve had more days over 20C in the last month than I can count. Typically it’s just one or two days all summer with most days around 18C. Thankfully the next few days are forecast to be cooler here and I’m happy about that. I don’t like the heat and while I wouldn’t be much bothered if I thought it was just an anomaly I know it’s climate change and this is a sign of things to come.

I saw this Tweet that’s gone viral which I think is very apt (except that they forgot to include New Zealand).

If given the choice, I’d rather die in a freezer than an oven. We need someone clever to solve our problem otherwise we’ll all need to give up our cars, our meat and dairy, our flights, and our home heating and electricity. While I don’t care much for cars and livestock farming, I do like to use my computer and turn on the lights at night.