Thursday, 13 August 2020

Still sticky but at least it rained. And smells

It was odd last night, we stood in the front garden watching sheet and forked lightning coming from one big cloud....there was no thunder or rain, just the lightning.  It was horrendously humid during the night, I found it almost impossible to sleep so was downstairs reading for a couple of hours (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, I thoroughly recommend it).  Betty joined me on the sofa, she was out like a light within minutes.  Oh to be a dog.

This morning it wasn't sunny at all, it's been blanket cloud, but has been really humid and sticky again.  Then early this afternoon the heavens opened and it absolutely chucked it down for about half an hour - just the rain, no storm.  For a brief time it felt really fresh, but now it's back to being horribly sticky.  Yuck.  Have you noticed the smell when it's rained after a prolonged dry period?  It's sort of dusty but fresh, I love it, it's always been one of my favourite smells...along with newly mown grass, fresh basil, sheets dried on the line, and petrol, strangely enough.

We took betty for a grooming session this morning, this afternoon I've made a fortnight's worth of dog food.  I've done nothing else, other than a bit of research for some new card's just too hot and I'm too tired.  Early night tonight, just hope I can sleep, got a lot to do tomorrow including some planning, which means my brain needs to get rid of the cotton wool it's currently wrapped in due to the heat and lack of sleep.


  1. Hi Sooze, that smell is called petrichor.
    "petrichor - noun
    a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather."
    I first heard the word after reading Lucy's (Attic 24) blog some time last year. I used to love the smell of tar when they mended the roads. Do they still use tar? I don't think I've smelt it for years. xx

  2. I agree with your favourite smells my strange one is paint. I loved Eleanor Oliphant a great read. No thunderstorms here, we have had rain, but it’s still humid and muggy, it would be nice to be able to sleep just one night. P S any idea what day it is?

  3. Other than the smell of petrol which is vomit inducing I love all the other smells you listed. It's drizzled all day here today and looks like being the same tomorrow.

  4. Laid here TWOT and not sleeping BUT I do have re
    If with a hot water bottle, filled with cold water and frozen after a top tip off a friend!


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