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I titled this blog in such a way so that people in twenty years time can google stuff and see exactly what we went through – those who survived the 1976 Heatwave showed no such consideration to us did they! I suppose they could blame the lack of social media…. About that… social media makes EVERYTHING seem a hundred times worse. If you believed everything you read you’d believe that multiple hospitals and surgeries had to close due to the heat, roads melted and swallowed up whole houses, 50,000 lightning strikes hit the UK in ONE HOUR igniting several billion acres of fields…



It wasn’t quite like that, but it was a hot one and there were times when it did appear as if the whole country had gone mad. The heatwave began with the smell of smoke wafting into Hampshire from Salisbury Plain, much of which is a desginated military firing zone. Because of this and unexploded ordinance the risk to people putting out the fire was deemed far greater than those who the smoke was wafting towards. Rightly so! Then there were the ‘central reservation fires…’ The episodes every few days when someone on the motorway would chuck a cigarette end into the centre of the road and ignite the long grasses growing there. There were the threats of hose-pipe bans (South hasn’t had one so far), and the days when being alive just seemed realllllly difficult at thirty degree heat and 28 degree C for sleeping in.



People now talk about the Heatwave and blame it for their inadequacies or inability to do something… Oh… Forgot to take the bin out? It was the heatwave… Driving like an idiot…? Heatwave. And so on. Work carried on however and in my particular air conditioned office (rare around here), I still went to work with a cardigan and scarf. This completely messed up my body temperature when I went outside of course and I spent most evenings alternating between shivering and nearly passing out. But I can’t imagine the working day without air con!


Anyway, I can’t really remember how many days it’s been but we left June in sweltering temperatures and it’s now the 28th July, for some places in the UK there has been 50 consecutive days without rain. We’re not used to that – we’re basically Seattle Lite here!


Oh and the time between the last blog entry and these latest ones…? Blame the heatwave. I do.

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Engagement marks the end of a whirlwind romance and beginning of an eternal love story.

In the midst of the heatwave, something wonderful happened! Almost a week ago we ventured to the meadow in the early morning (because it was the best time to beat the heatwave!) with our coffees in hand, and Maisy, and sat watching the view.

In the quiet, in the very place where we had our first ‘date’ almost six years ago to the day, William proposed and I, absolutely of course, said YES!

This will be a story we will always tell because even today somewhere on that meadow is a tiny little diamond (I mean little, it was one of the side diamonds and you’ll never find it!) Seconds after putting the ring on my finger we both looked down and realised that one of the small diamonds on the side of the ring had vanished… We both looked at each other in shock, then down at the dog (no she wasn’t interested, she faced the opposite way the whole time) and then we contemplated the tiny sugar crystals on the bench that we had shaken into our coffee. No way… short of dissolving each one until we were sure, it was impossible! Alls well that ends well, another ring is on order and I am not parted from this one just yet – but what a story we have for the next heatwave!

In true organised form (me), we launched ourselves into searching, planning, hunting down venues and in general, just thinking of ideas and celebrating with family and friends – and it’s all very exciting. standby for more news on that pesky heatwave, but I couldn’t get away without blogging for so long and then NOT coming back with the big news first… !


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