Could there be a happier place than right now, in the British Isles, on Thursday 19th April 2018? Never mind what else is going on in the world, it is 28˚c. In April.
By twist of fate, I happened to have taken today off as annual leave – yippee! So at 8am this morning, I was rooting around in the back of my wardrobe for – wait for it – shorts! There was a tense moment when I couldn’t seem to zip them up. Then I realised that in my anticipation-of-heatwave-hysteria I was actually trying to put on a 12 year old girl’s denim shorts. Correct shorts on, I skipped towards the garden, musing that just 2 months ago we were sub-zero in hat and scarves.
If it is confusing for us, just think of the tulips.
Less than a week ago, this was ‘Professor Rontgen’. Cool as a Cucumber.
Do you like his little kiss curl? I have been visiting him after work every day this week. This is how he has been shaping up:
Until at 2pm today it just all got too much for him, and he just decided to let it all hang out:
The lily-flowered tulips are particularly prone to throwing off their corsetry in the sunshine. This is ‘Purple Dream’ on Monday morning, all trussed up:
And this is the scene this afternoon. Ahem.
‘Couleur Cardinal’ is red hot:
Perfectly poised ‘Ballerina’ merely glows in the heat:
And whilst I promised you earlier in the week that ‘Antraciet’ would relax, I did not expect her to go this far. Here she is on Tuesday, looking good:
Wednesday, trying a new look:
Thursday, at 2pm:
Oops. Should have worn sunscreen.
For the last few weeks our daughters have been trying to coach Stevie in correct street-talk use of the word ‘Burn’. It is used in banter (bants) when you have produced a smoking-hot comeback. Stevie doesn’t seem able to do this without a hint of campness, e.g. ‘call an ambulance [matron], we need the burns unit’. They will be appalled when they discover I have used the term for the title of this post.
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