But we do have tap water readily available, for which, as Lee says in his blog, we are very grateful, as so many don't have that luxury.
Where it hasn't been worked, the soil is baked hard and no way can you get any weeds out that have deep roots. The tops get knocked off and that is it. But I am developing quite a tan even though I'm using factor 50 sun cream.
I found two dead (I thought) mice in different parts of the plot, but on reflection I realised they they were too big for mice, and they had hairy tails not naked like rats'. I looked it up in my book and it looks like they may be voles of some variety. It is strange to find two dead bodies in one day, when in five years I don't think I have ever found any before. They both seemed undamaged apart from where the insects had been at them. I didn't investigate the C.O.D. (as they say in CSI) any closer, my curiosity isn't that strong. Is it coincidence or could it be something to do with the abnormal weather?
The strawberries are coming to an end, they might have lasted longer if it had rained, but they have been lovely while they lasted. I have picked about 14 lbs altogether and they have been quite large but not so prolific as 2011.