We had a truly perplexing day yesterday, weather-wise. Initially we were told no rain was expected, but then in the morning a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms showed up in the forecast for later that afternoon. As the day went on, the 50 percent dwindled to 10 percent, and the sky remained basically sunny all afternoon and evening. We never saw a drop of rain. We may have heard distant thunder, but it could just as easily have been traffic or the railroad or something else.
That's Dave's tree fern, above, unfurling its new fronds. It seems unfazed by the heat. We've been watering everything like crazy.
This was my evening cocktail yesterday, a "highland sling," with ingredients provided by the gin club membership Dave bought me. It contained a special cocktail syrup and elderflower "posh pop," and it was OK -- a bit sweet for me. I'm happier with my normal G&T, but it's good to try new things, right?
It required a mint sprig for garnish, so I went outside and picked one, and while there I noticed:
That's a mint moth. Who knew such a thing existed? Apparently they're drawn to mint plants. I find it amazing that we can put something in the garden and the insect appropriate to live on it manages to find it. I don't think the moth is a huge problem, though.
Speaking of which, some of you may be wondering if we got any cinnabar moth caterpillars this year. The answer is no. Our ragwort has gone uneaten and the caterpillars are a no-show. I guess they move around but I've been watching the ragwort in the cemetery and haven't seen any there either. I hope they're not having a bad year for some reason.
I finished Byron Lane's fun book "A Star is Bored" yesterday. It's a novel about an assistant for a Hollywood actress who is suspiciously like Carrie Fisher -- which makes sense because Lane was Fisher's assistant. It's a hoot, as long as you don't mind bawdy humor. Fisher -- umm, I mean, the actress in the book -- has quite a tart tongue.
Oh, and I see that Kamala Harris is Biden's VP candidate of choice. I'm fine with that. Of course Fox News is already picking her apart, saying progressives are unhappy and offering advice from Sarah Palin (!). I'll be so glad when November is here.