Published: Friday, 14 August 2020 17:20
Written by Phil Mercer-Kelly
It's been really hot recently. Unseasonably. And it's summer.
For the last week we have had temperatures in the 30's. That is something we normally only get once a year or so, and certainly not for any more than a day at a time.
I'm currently recuperating after an operating on my knee, so unable to do much to stay cool beside become one with the sofa while having all the windows open.
A couple of interesting things have happened.
1. A new nighttime visitor in the garden.
For the last few nights just as the sun goes down, there has been a Meep coming from the garden. At first I thought we had a battery going flat in a smoke detector or something. It sounds a lot like the beep you get when you are at the self scan in the supermarket. It wasn't anything inside the house, so I thought it must have been a bird. We get to hear a lot of interesting wildlife in the woods out the back of the house so I chalked it up to something like that.
Two nights later and it is still meeping it's way in to the night. So I turn to twitter to solve it:
The answer... A Midwife Toad. Thanks to Mike. He even sent me a link to a full briefing about it. Click here.
All that heat had to end at some point, and boy did it. Last night was a glorious few hours of thunderstorm after thunderstorm. It was spectacular and enough to stop all sleep. I ended up having to get up to check and see if any of the rain was getting in. It's wonderful to be in the middle of a storm like that, especially when you are safe in doors. Still it's nothing compared to my memories of the 1987 storm though. That was a real doozy.