Hot and cold – my word of the week

Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow grasshopper

I am loving this hot weather. Deep down, I know I’m really a warm weather person. I think mostly as the house and garden blend into one with all the doors and windows flung open. Meals are taken outside, the children spill out into the garden more and I can be found pottering among the plants, in grabbed moments, like a lady of leisure. Despite all this loveliness, this week has definitely been blowing hot and cold, in every sense of the expression.


Our house has small windows and thick, stone walls (the sort that cathedrals are built on). Between them, it keeps the house at a fairly even temperature all year. So long as we keep the curtains shut on the sunny side, the house stays cool. I even caught one of the children wearing a jumper at one point. An added bonus of the windows and doors being left open, is that all the dust is blown through, cutting down on the housework, or that’s what I tell myself. Leaving more time to garden.

First cucumbers from the greenhouse, this year

In the garden

Outside is gorgeous. The flowers in the front garden are beautiful. Geraniums, roses and lavender do so well in our garden. I pop out every now and again, to dead head them, which keeps everything blooming nicely. The jasmine and honeysuckle are both flowering and fighting it out to hold the title of top scent in the evenings, making evening garden particularly lovely.

Each night, Youngest Teen helps me to water the kitchen garden and the greenhouses.  Last night, we finally emptied the last water butt. Good job that rain is forecast for tonight.

walking through the barley fieldAppointments

After last week’s appointment cancellations, this week was plain sailing. Eldest Teen had her jab on Sunday, with no problems or after effects.

Middle Teen had her orthodontist appointment, which I was dreading. First time we’d been and I was a little bit daunted driving to a new part of Bristol. Also every orthodontist I’ve been to is in an old house with no parking and protected by double yellow lines (no parking) on all sides.

Is there something about orthodontists that they need to be kept car free at all times?

This one was no exception. The bus would take 3.5 hours, so I knew I’d have to drive.

Fortunately, I found a free car park, just 5 minutes walk away. I didn’t know free car parks still existed in towns. Orthodontist was really nice too, making it a positive visit.

Hero and me in barley field


I’m mighty glad the weather has been so good. Life really has been blowing hot and cold around here, including machinery.

Both cars were off the road this week, at some point. Mine had a flat tyre and needed a new one. Delayed by the garage having to order it in. Then to add insult to injury, the air conditioning needs re-gassing, so it was literally blowing hot and cold, at one point. The other car was in the garage being fixed too.

Next up was the washing machine. No time to fix it, so we bought a second hand one. Good machine, but unfortunately it had been sitting around for a while and must have gone mouldy in the depths. The stench was truly awful and only started when we put the first wash on. Honest to God, it smelt like someone had emptied an ash tray into it. Maybe several. The smell crept into every part of the house and I was doubly glad we could have all the windows open.

I’ve spent this morning using various machine cleaners to clean it. I think I’ve won.

butterfly on finger

Other moments

We had a wonderful time counting butterflies on Sunday, We joined in the Butterfly count.

School officially broke up on Wednesday. The end of term turned out to be a fitting finale to an extraordinary school year. On Saturday, we received an email to tell us Youngest Teen, the only one still at school, was to isolate for the first time, which meant set work to do. By Sunday, they closed the whole school and moved everyone on to Teams, which was better for him. And so, for the last 3 days of the year, school petered out for the second year in a row.

rose peaking through fence

Next week, we are planning on going nowhere. I can forget about cars, school, washing machines and clean clothes. I’m thinking the latter is over-rated anyway, at this point in my week. We might sneak off to the lavender farm, in our last clean outfits, but apart from that I’m staying home.

Joining in with Anne’s word of the week linky. My word, or phrase, of the week is hot and cold.

Word of the Week linky

13 thoughts on “Hot and cold – my word of the week

  • Friday 23 July, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Loved reading about your word of the week. I’m hoping you’ll have a less cold week next week. A sunny and warm one is preferred.

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 10:00 am

      Thanks! Sunny and warm would be perfect.

  • Friday 23 July, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Ohh! I wish I was a lover of this hot weather but it has been too much for me. Your house sounds perfect for this weather. We used the last of the water out of our water butt last night too. I hope it does rain soon. It’s looked like rain all day but none has came yet.
    I’m glad the appointments went well.
    That’s a shame your youngest teen never got to finish the school year in school. x

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 10:00 am

      Hope you got a bit of rain.

  • Saturday 24 July, 2021 at 11:03 am

    We are expecting rain tonight. Opposite to you our house is new with thin walls (they certainly don’t build houses to last these days) and we get very very hot!. It’s a shame the school year ended in a shambles again, it’s been the same here. Our kids have missed out on so much. Urgh to the washing machine, it was probably not used for a long time. They take some cleaning when they get like that. Your cucumbers look great!

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 9:58 am

      The cucumbers are coming thick and fast now. Haven’t quite reached the stage of offering them at breakfast, but it won’t be long.

  • Saturday 24 July, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I’m envious of your house staying cool in the heat – ours has been like an oven despite keeping curtains closed! It is nice when the house and garden feel like they blend into one though. I love being able to have our French doors open and have the children drift in and out between the house and garden. Glad your eldest had her jab without any side effects and that all went well with Middle Teen’s orthodontist appointment. Hope your cars are both now fixed and that the washing machine has stopped being smelly. #WotW

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 9:47 am

      I’d love to have french doors and maybe we’ll get round to it some day. Hopefully it is cooler for you this week.

  • Sunday 25 July, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    I love the summer but the last week was a little too hot for me. Our house is in full sun for the majority of the day so it was unbearable, even with the blinds and curtains all shut.
    Boo to the washing machine packing up, glad you managed to shift the nasty niff from your new one. That’s the trouble when they are left standing.

    Have a lovely chilled-out week. x

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 9:46 am

      The direct sun must be a challenge. This week looks like it will be cooler in comparison. Still working on the washing machine, but it is a lot better.

  • Sunday 25 July, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Butterfly counting sounds like such a fun and gratifying activity! The lavender farm also sounds lovely, so I hope you’ll indeed go there next week. Have a wonderful week ahead. #WotW

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 9:45 am

      It is a lovely way to spend a short time. I’m still hoping we make it out to the lavender farm.

  • Saturday 9 October, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Your house really does sound amazing, my dream house I think. A free car park! I don’t think I have ever known one. The washing machine experience sounds fun. I’m glad you won the battle with the smell. It sounds like the school year ended just like ours. Unexpectedly quickly, we might not have done any of the work they sent home in the last three days! #WotW

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