BUTTERFLIES AND HOT SUMMER’S DAY
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Two subjects for today’s blog but very much related: 1) Butterflies and 2) Five Hot Summers
In recent years I have not seen a great many butterflies fluttering by in the summer.
As a child there were loads. We would cruelly catch them and put them in jam jars, imprisoning them by placing a newspaper lid with air holes held on top with an elastic band. To us it was a new pet to care for.
Our summer gardens had swarms of cabbage white and red admiral butterflies which gave an air of peace and tranquillity as they flitted from flower to flower.
Sadly pesticides have killed that scene off, until this summer when I have marvelled at the good weather which has meant an abundance of butterflies, again.
But one day I was checking out my roses and found lots of leaves shredded so that just the main leaf stem and vein was left. I asked my son in law what could be causing it.
He pointed out not one but hundreds of very hungry caterpillars, chomping away at my leaves. All butterflies in training.
Yet again the great wildlife balance dilemma as with snails, rabbits and certain birds. Do we have a beautiful garden or let it come under attack to give a wildlife haven for the grandchildren.
Of course the wild life haven for grandchildren has to win hands down. It is unbelievable, the fun, we all get from it: even 3 year grandson Ewan who says that my caterpillars are not real ones because they do not have a red face. See the illustrations in the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.
The lack of chemicals and the hot sunny weather has obviously assisted the caterpillars to develop their butterfly careers.
We are all enjoying a marvellous July as we did June. Here’s a quick look at five equally astounding past summers.
HOT WEATHER HISTORY: BRITAIN’S 5 HOTTEST SUMMERS EVER!
With the UK’s 2014 summer heatwave predicted to last well into August, and with temperatures soaring to highs of 32C, we decided to take a look at some sweltering weather history from the past in Britain’s 5 hottest summers ever.
The sizzling summer of 2003
It has been 15 years since the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK was captured back in 2003. The massive 38.5C (101.3F) temperature was caught at a weather station near Faversham, Kent, in the second week of August. Before that the record was 37.1C (98.8F) and was taken back in 1990! Can this summer smash the existing 2003 record? Forecasters are feeling optimistic…
The long summer of 1959
Still thought by many (who are old enough to remember it), as one of the best summers ever experienced in the UK, the summer of ’59 was a long and happy summer for all! Temperatures rose above 21C (70F) and stayed there daily for a period of over three months!
The memorable 2006 heatwave
As the sunshine blazed across Britain during the European heatwave of 2006, the country saw the hottest July temperature ever record! Thermometers in Surrey hit 36.5C (97.7F). This beat the previous 36C (96.8F) record for July, which was also recorded in Surrey way back in 1911. It was so hot that summer destinations such as Spain, Rome, Malta and Athens were all left lagging behind in terms of temperature!
1976: The hottest summer since records began
There has never been a longer period of constant heat than there was in the summer of ’76! Temperatures in the UK reached 32.2C (89.96F) every day for 15 days non-stop! Some parts of the country went for over a month without any rainfall at all and water was rationed by the newly-appointed Minister for Drought. Yes, you read that right, the Prime Minister really felt the need to appoint a man to take charge of the lack of rain!
The summer drought of 1949
The summer of 1949 saw the hottest average temperatures for 30 years, although it also brought one of the worst droughts ever experienced in the UK. In fact, water levels dropped so much in Derbyshire that the village of Derwent (which was flooded six years earlier), came back to the surface to be rediscovered. Twilight temperatures soared too, and in June and July evening heat failed to drop below 24C (75C). Ouch!
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
A person being too busy is a myth. People make time for the things that are really important to them – Mandy Hale
Happiness is…lazily watching the butterflies, birds and bees on a hot summer’s day
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Frozen apples. They’re hardcore – Tim Vine
Love is…come rain or shine
TRACK OF THE DAY
Elusive Butterfly – Bob Lind
Highest Chart Position: No.5 31st March 1966
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