At last we are getting rain, yesterday afternoon we had spectacular lightning and a few hours of steady downpour that at least dampened the surface of the garden
Early this afternoon we were able to open the doors and windows to let in cool air, usually we cannot do this until after 7 in the evening when it becomes hotter inside then out but still hot everywhere.
And don’t worry about the hail bashing our tomatoes, we don’t have any. The orchard is now being invaded by a large porcupine, I have him on film. He’s eaten the fruits, smashed down the tomato plants and my lovely sunflowers, stripped the leaves off just about every plant edible or ornamental in the orchard and not even left me a few quills. The only deterrent seems to be fencing but too late for that now, another disappointment to add to our list this year.
Let’s hope now we’ve had rain all these animals will find what they need up on mountainside and leave us alone. Speaking of which Mario told us he was outside early one morning last week and counted 22 young wild boar in his garden. If they grow to be adults they really will be a problem and less than 10 minutes walk from here.