The hot and sunny July weather is continuing into August, although we do have rain and thunderstorms forecast for later in the week. We’re walking, cycling and gardening in the mornings before it gets too warm, then retreating into the shade in the afternoons.
Luckily, the terrace outside the little house is lightly shaded by ash trees, and it tends to catch the breeze, making it a perfect place to spend a hot afternoon. I can even get on with a bit of work out there. Once I’ve sawn out my designs, they have to be filed, and gradually smoothed and polished with six grades of sandpaper, which gets progressively finer. This can be a bit of a tedious job, but there are definitely worse things than sitting under the sunshade, listening to the iPod (with headphones – don’t want to inflict my penchant for 80s indiepop on the neighbours) and buffing bits of semi-precious metal.