Hot and humid day. Humid because of the wet of the ground and vegetation that has been rain soaked for some days.. then suddenly this heat arrives. It is.. they say, an Indian Summer.
According to wikipedia the term ‘Indian Summer’ is three centuries old, and there are several theories as to where it originates, although it is clear the Indian part refers to native Americans. I like the theory that it is when the Native Americans would harvest their sweetcorn and squashes, because that fits in with what we are doing – when I saw the forecast for this week, my first thought was to those particular vegetables and their ripening.
It’s always a bit touch and go as to whether we will harvest any corn or squashes, the British summer is not really long enough and an early frost will be the end for both. The crown prince squashes are getting a nice blue colouring, and the corn is just about there. This sunshine will help the jungle of tomato plants too.
So odd to be back to t-shirts and the back door wedged open after so many weeks of wintery weather.