July was extremely dry here, in spite of the claim by the Meteorological Office that is was the wettest since records began. We had no rain from the second part of June and no more than a few drops, not even enough to wet the ground, throughout July. The grass turned yellow but at least it saved the job of cutting it and we know that once it does rain it will soon be back to the usual green. It did mean that we spent every evening watering essential plants, especially the vegetables. The flower borders had to fend for themselves and soon looked very pathetic. By the middle of the month we had plenty of garden produce for the table.