Today was the first time this year to be “I wonder if there is a job in the shade?” hot. There wasn’t and it was a slow roast. Never mind, Lavinia kindly supplied Mexican Lime cordial, which was greatly received and knocked back in a manner more docker than dame, and I made a note to look out my straw hat in case the occasion should rise again. Planting out cosmos, cornflowers and calendula was a joy, even more so seeing the blue tits flit in and out of the bird box. Last year it was inhabited by bees and to the best of Lionel’s knowledge is still full of honey. Two wing beats to a bird table, these tiny avians have certainly taken up a “des res”. This iris, which more than likely is Iris unguicularis, was enjoying the unscheduled heat after a chilly night. As it originates in Algeria, this blazing sun must have come as a welcome relief from the usual North Devon mizzle. Back to normal tomorrow I believe!