The people of the UK got very excited, or rather hot and bothered, as Tuesday 19th July was the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures reached 33.5C (92.3F). I know people from hot countries will scoff at us, but we aren’t used to this sort of thing, most of us were still in knitwear last week.
I trotted over to the field of oilseed, that also had poppies growing in it, to get some uninterrupted views of blue skies. With Hay Bluff (Welsh name: Penybegwn) in the Welsh Black Mountains just visible through the heat haze.
The plant life is looking rather parched and brown.
It was also a windy day, the hot air really was rushing up from the continent (rather than going in the other direction – a weak political joke for you). I wonder why my hayfever was so bad that day?
I think these pretty purple hedgerow flowers are knapweed. Knapweed is a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies, later the seeds provide food for birds.
This shady little brook looks like a good place to cool off, if you can squeeze past the nettles.