The weather has been so hot here in Ireland lately that I’ve spent most of my time outdoors in the shade, so this week’s Thursday Doors post is all about nature. July has been extremely warm and dry, which isn’t a typical Irish summer. Temperatures have been ranging from 28 C (82.4 F) to 31 C (87.8 F) depending on which part of the country you’re in. I tried to conserve water as much as possible by using basins of dishwater to quench my vegetables’ thirst but some of the salad greens still bolted with all that sunshine. The runner beans and herbs loved it, though.
The grass was beginning to suffer so I watered it after a particularly hot day and who should come bounding out of his home in the red brick labyrinth only Bowie the frog. He does have his own dipping pool but seemed to enjoy soaking up the moisture from the warm grass while I was hosing the garden. Look at that big smile on his face.
Some of our family rented a holiday home for a week and brought a kayak with them so we spent most of the time cooling down in one of the hundreds of lakes in County Cavan. A few of them have beaches too, which made the youngest grandchild very happy. It was the first time I’ve been swimming in a lake for many years and it was wonderful. I’ll have to do that more often.
The holiday home at River Run was very spacious and bright with lovely views over the river and countryside.
There was a nice bit of space between the houses and the children had lots of room to run around outside during the cooler parts of the day.
The sunsets were gorgeous. You can see a small marina in the distance to the right of the next image. That was where we moored our boat, when we had one, and enjoyed the beautiful landscape surrounding this part of the River Erne, just outside Belturbet, County Cavan.
This week, the rain has returned and nobody is complaining. A little bit of respite from the hot sun is a nice change but I don’t think it will stay grey and wet for too long, as August is expected to be a mixed weather month. Hopefully we’ll have a few sunny days to enjoy before the season ends. I’ll keep you posted on that. Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Thursday Doors from the great outdoors.