Sunday, 3 June 2018

Rhododendron & Sunshine








The sun keeps on shining, the temperature keeps rising, and Nature is still “ahead of itself” here…

These photos were all taken between 1-2 weeks ago. The rhododendrons are losing their petals already; and the lawns have lost their freshness too (looking dry and burned in many places).

My flat (as well as the Outdoors) gets very hot in the afternoons and late into the evenings. I don’t want to complain (it’s not all bad and could be sooo much worse!), but I do have to “adjust”. The problem is that the morning is really the best time for everything right now: whether catching up on lost sleep, going for a walk, shopping, cooking, cleaning, using the computer…  All activites ideally need to be fitted in like between 9-12 am (which is not really possible).

So far, not much change predicted in the weather. Might possibly get a a few degrees cooler some time next week – but who knows.

Borås has a reputation for being the rainiest city in Sweden. Well, at the moment we’re not living up to it. We hardly had any rain in May. Last week we had one quiet rain shower on Monday afternoon, but that was it. On Tuesday we officially reached the highest temperature in Sweden that day: 29,8’C. 


We’re in the south-west part of the map. Not much use trying to specify by saying “close to the sun”… ; )

Shadow Shot Sunday 2


  1. It's going to be 94º here today and there is no good time to be outside. Went shopping on Friday and it wore me out.

    1. I can relate to that, Janet... That's the kind of temperature I get on my balcony in the afternoons and early evenings, and try to shut out by three parasols, blinds shut + extra 'blackout' curtain drawn in front of the balcony door... ;)

  2. Beautiful floral shots and shadow shot!

    Happy Times to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Our house is coolest in the morning as well. Around 3:00, we need to shut all the curtains if it is a hot day. We have set a record for rain in May, and it is flooded, roads broken, and mudslides. It has rained hard every day for over two weeks. The rhododendrons are gorgeous! My favorite picture is the second.

    1. Ginny, it's a strange world. On the whole, I suppose I prefer coping with our hot and dry spell - although we really do need a fair bit of rain soon. Preferably not a whole flood all at once, though!

  4. The rhododendron look lovely!
    Your weather sounds very much like what my friend reports from northern Germany. They did not have any rain for the entire month of May, farmes are worried about crop damage of 20 to 30 % come harvest time.
    Here down south, we had at least some rain, even though it was the hottest May in 130 years.

    1. Meike, I heard from a friend in Holland that they've been having very hot weather there too.


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