I was not expecting the weather here to be great, even though August is traditionally the month for school and family holidays. It has been very poor, however – wet, windy and (by my standards) quite cold. Not surpisingly, I seem to have caught a cold and am feeling pretty miserable. I had planned to go the History Library again today but I just don’t feel up to it and more rain is expected later in the day.

As Mum is a hardy perennial, she is out pruning the shrubs!