Monday, 29 May 2017

Great While It Lasted

The hot weather of late last week has now disappeared and we are left with something more typical of a Bank Holiday.
Temperature and Rainfall Records 23-29 May 2017
As recorded in my blog last week, Thursday turned out to be our warmest day of the year and the hottest May day since  I began recording in 2010. 

We had a couple of days away at the end of the week. Friday was photographing birds at WWT Slimbridge and on Saturday the subject was steam trains at the Cotswold Festival of steam at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. As it turned out the weather over the two days couldn't have been much different.

At Slimbridge, on Friday, the weather was glorious with clear blue skies all day long. We made our way around the reserve stopping where we could in the shade to photograph and feed the birds.
Saturday's weather changed completely. The temperature had cooled off and the blue cloudless skies had disappeared to be replaced with more menacing dark grey ones which threatened rain. To make matters even worse a strong to gale force wind developed through the day making the conditions far from ideal for trying to take video of the trains. Fortunately though the rain held off.
Bulleid Merchant Navy class 4-6-2 no. 35006 Peninsular & Oriental SN Co,  built 1941
It's now back to getting some jobs done in the garden and at the allotment. The small amount of rain over the weekend isn't going to have done much in the way of relieving the dry conditions in either the garden or plot. I think more watering is going to be required.


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