After a long, too long and too cold winter followed by some monsoon (yes, I still insist this was not rain. Rain comes and goes. Rain is something that maybe pours down on you but you don't have the desire to grow gills. And most of all, rain stops in between. This bucketful gale did not stop until everthing was pouring over, flooding everything, leaving you only wet, yearning for some dryness. Even so we are lucky enough not to live directly at one of the main rivers. We're at 300m and about 2.5 miles from the river.Which is a good bit of distance if the waters won't stop. And we're not in the Elb area. They won't see dry land for another month or so.)
it is finally summer.
Even though the temperatures are way above my personal comfort zone, I won't complain. Not this year. I soak up every little bit of warmth. And dryness.
And it is perfect weather for a nice fermentation vat outside.
Usually, I really hate those black plastic things but for budding lotuses and fermentation vats they are ideal. Little solar collectors each and everyone of them.The one with the vat comes with a nice fitting black plastic lid. At its height we had 40 °C (104°F) inside the vat. About 6 hours of direct sunshine. I'm curious to see how much the temperature will drop over night.
Last thursday night we had a storm. Just the usual kind when it suddenly gets warmer. And it bestowed upon me the gift of fallen twigs and leaves for dyeing. Lots of tannins ;o)
And another gift. My favourite Madame Louise Odier is in full bloom. She smells best in the early mornings and on warm evenings.