We managed to get two complimentary tickets for Friday at the Three Counties Show this year.
Mark finishes work at 1.00 so we popped over to Malvern for a few hours in the afternoon.
It was lovely to see all the care and attention that went into the displays..
We were just in time to see the final stages of the first phase of judging.
(Although we missed the 'parade of champions', where the best of each breed walks round the ring)
There were dark clouds over the Malvern Hills and it had already started to turn incredibly hot and stuffy. However we were lucky that the rain didn't come our way..
I always take lots of photos of the vintage caravans. Secretly, I'd love to have one and use it for quirky holidays. Sadly Mark doesn't share my romantic vision (He can see all of the limitations and none of the 'bygone luxury'!!!!)
We've pretty much moved outside for the last five days. We even got a new (larger) umbrella to keep some of the sun off the patio. I spotted it in the Sale at the local garden centre on Saturday. It was perfect for our Father's Day lunch on Sunday...
In the evenings Mark and I just move the chairs and table from the conservatory to the patio.
While I love my new conservatory, it's thermal efficiencies make it WAY too hot for these temperatures...
I keep moving my hanging baskets around so that they don't get too burnt up and dried out.
I've made far more of an effort with the planters this year because I know that we're going to be around all summer to enjoy them.
On Monday I went up to Cannock to collect two new fuel tanks for Mark's projects.
Here's Mark checking them out on the decking.
...And everyone's been making the most of the calm evening weather.
These flew over last night..
Thomas is way too hot...but I can see that he's not in pain at the moment.
He likes to start the day on his favourite chair in the conservatory.
Eventually it becomes way too hot (for anyone - not just those with a fur coat!)
...Then he sprawls anywhere that he thinks he can feel a draught.
Much as I love this hot weather, I think I'm ready for the cooler, damper couple of days that are forecast for the end of the week. Ness and I are doing some flute and harp stuff for the local church on Sunday. My harp has been extremely irritable in all the heat and actually broke two strings this afternoon. I need some less extreme weather to 'calm it down' before the performance!