Thursday, July 12, 2007
Summer has finally arrived in Scotland
Well, it looks like summer has finally arrived.
The weekend saw blue skies and sunshine finally stick around for longer than five minutes. It made a nice change after one of the wettest Junes on record.
Luckily here in the Scottish Borders we escaped any serious flooding, but in parts of Yorkshire in England, towns and city centres were under water after huge amounts of rainfall.
People are saying it’s due to global warming, but there are records of heavier rainfall prior to the Second World War. Perhaps it’s because last summer was so long and hot that this summer so far seems so poor.
The garden of the Entwistle household is also enjoying mixed fortunes as a result of the heavy rainfall and mild temperatures.
While the lawns, raspberries and strawberries are all looking great, my wife’s prized roses have all taken a real battering with many of the blooms rotting before even fully open.
Local schools have now broken up for the summer holidays, but a number of their sports days have had to be cancelled because of the water-logged ground.
The festivals have also had to make changes with many of our mounted rideouts, which I think I have already explained about, having avoided crossing rivers and opted for alternative cross-country routes.
This week we are building towards the main day of the festival staged in the town of Jedburgh.
The whole event lasts two weeks with various mounted rideouts on horseback, fancy dress parades and ceremonial events commemorating the town’s history.
My wife Ally actually manages a flower shop in Jedburgh and this week was delighted to learn she had won first prize in the best dressed window competition.
The town colours for Jedburgh are red and blue, so Ally decorated the window with all red and blue flowers, together with a large-scale model of the local young man picked to represent the town and lead the various mounted cavalcades.
He is known as ‘The Callant’ and competition to be selected is fierce among the young men of the town. I am not sure how flattering Ally’s depiction of the callant is though, as she had to use a pink beach ball for a head.
Her first attempt used a pink balloon which burst after she drew a face on it. Undaunted she set to work with the beach ball.
It’s not the most flattering artistic effort I have seen, but the flowers look amazing and at least his new head hasn’t exploded!
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