It's going to be a scorcher today - probably in the low 40's. We were out and about early enjoying the cool air , watching the balloonists floating above Todi and marvelling at the acrobatic skills of the falcons that are nesting along the drive. At 5.30 am it was 21 degrees which is about as hot as it gets on a good Scottish summer day.
We use the first three hours of the day to get everything done around the fields and the house before it gets too hot. The time just seems to whizz past in a burst of early morning activity. The lavender needs to be watered, the olive trees checked for signs of heat stress, and of course the two troubadors need to get enough exercise to last them through until it cools down again in the evening. I came across Digby flat on his back on the lawn outside the front door. He had fallen into a deep,happy sleep with a ball in his mouth.
Swine flu is back on the agenda. Everyone in the UK is to be given the 'flu' jab and if I understood the Italian morning news correctly so is the entire population of the EU. Why the sudden change? Last week we were told Tamiflu would be distributed and now we're all being innoculated.