Being able to sit out and enjoy a meal is always one of the pleasures of summer. Being able to do so in July is something of a rarity, whatever the Northern Hemisphere may think. Doing so a week after a torrential winter storm is sort of perplexing, but we have made the most of it. There’s even a glancing reference to this sort of weather in the puzzle this week – one from the Church Times in 2011 – uncannily prescient of me, don’t you think?
Apparently, Australia is sending us another storm tomorrow, so the sudden sunshine has seen us out in the garden: mowing, despite the lawn still being too damp; and setting up a new raised bed, and equipping it with lettuces. So only a quick update today, at the start of a week with a trio of puzzles: a Times Quick cryptic on Monday 26th, a Telegraph Toughie on Thursday 29th, and the usual Friday Independent appearance (yes, there’s a Nina this week). There’s a 15×15 Times cryptic on 5th August as well.
All being well, I shall be back in a fortnight, and I’m pondering opening the delights of my twentieth century puzzles again.