I know it’s not everyone’s idea of pleasant, but I have to say that I am far less likely to complain about unusual heat than I am about unusual cold. How unusual? This thermometer is attached to a 50mm square post (2″x2″), on the north-facing side that never gets direct sun (although I accept that, by the end of the day, it may be affected by heat stored in the post). This is what it told us at 3.50pm on Thursday: Too hot to be doing a lot outside, that’s for sure.
The dogs aren’t stupid – they have ways of looking for shelter. Eos favours hiding under my Twingo. Why the Twingo, when there’s a camper close by with significantly more ground clearance? You tell me! It may have as much to do with the cooler concrete flooring as with the shade afforded by the car.
Trevor finds greater comfort indoors:as does Shitsu:Gypsy? Don’t they say it’s the exception that proves the rule?Mind you, they can all be a bit dumb occasionally:And again, the exception proves the ruleWe have been treated to some spectacular sights this week.
Apart from the sunsets: we have seen two new-born calves (only the first one pictured – we’ve kept the dogs away from that field since, to avoid alarming the calves or their mums) and, on the second attempt, we successfully (ish) photographed the Milky Way
The two lower images illustrate a problem we have – light pollution. As I have mentioned before, we live in a very small hamlet. There are two occupied houses and one occupied chalet, where a total of five people live. The hamlet boasts two street lamps. These lamps are illuminated all night, even though it is rare indeed to see anyone moving about after 10pm. In the Google Earth image below, I have boxed the three occupied units in yellow (ours is top left) and marked the position of the two lamps with a red dot. To give some scale, the distance, from the junction of our lane with the main road to the first lamp-post, is 160m (175 yards). The two lower photographs of the Milky Way were taken from the bottom left corner of our house, looking over our land toward the chalet.You may be wondering why such a small, isolated community, whose population peaked ten years ago at seven, should need two lamps-posts, so close together, and lit all night. Me too.
Last week, I mentioned a bike we had ordered to use when camping. I’m delighted to say that it has arrived, and here it is, ready to rideand ready to transportPreparations for our holiday are continuing – we’ve been watching a few Kerala tourism videos lately and I’m agonising over whether I should try to learn a few key phrases in Malayalam. It looks like an incredibly difficult language to learn, but I do think I should have a few, if only for politeness.
Clare’s father will come to look after Eos and Trevor for us, and we’ll have some time with him before and after our holiday, which is nice. It will also give us an opportunity to firm up on his visit to us over Christmas, when we hope he will join us in Spain during out camping holiday there.
And that’s been my week!