We’ve never known a summer before when we haven’t had to water the garden, not even once. It isn’t that the weather has been continuously poor, just that we’ve not had a single long dry spell. There’s nothing I enjoy more than standing around looking gormless with a hose in my hand, but I suppose that the respite has given us the time to get on with some proper jobs. Our biggest achievement this August has been to get the kitchen garden into shape. Matt has done a tremendous job there, especially in cleaning the raspberry patch of pernicious weeds. There’s one thing about warm wet weather, the weeds love it.