I feel quite guilty that I have been so negative about the weather recently when so many people have suffered so badly at every extreme of climatic conditions. I’ve been moaning about our lack of vegetables, but our lives and those of our children don’t depend on our crops coming to harvest or failing.
That to one side, I am so enjoying the lovely summer sunshine we now have; to sit outside, to wander around without coats and jumpers, not to shiver, I’m loving it!
Having lunch in the garden we were joined by our neighbours’ cat, Smirnoff who thinks he owns us.
The name Somerset comes from summer settlers, or summer settlement, a seasonal farmstead which was abandoned in wet and chilly winter time when the flat fenlands, the Levels, would flood. The local people would drive their animals up onto hill pastures for the winter then return to their summer settlement as the season changed.