This morning it was very warm but by lunchtime the temperature had dropped by 10C and the thunder was starting to roll around. By the end of the afternoon the rain clouds were so heavy that it was almost dark.
The rain fell steadily for an hour and so the stream was once again turned into a fast flowing brown river.
At the end of the storm everything was a little clearer..
And the soon to bloom Hosta flowers by the front door were beautiful with their raindrop decorations..
On Sunday we decided to have our lunch outside and as soon as we sat down heard noises of flapping in the trees.
Unusually (they are usually soaring high overhead or picking at carcasses by the side of the roads) there were two Turkey Vultures perched in the tree.
They are by no means attractive birds but when they fly close by they are impressive because of their 4-6 foot wingspan.
They stayed around for a little while - hopefully it was not our lunch that attracted them! One of them then flew and perched on the decking rail which was a bit of a surprise to us all - no photo, unfortunately.
We have been in this house more than a month now but still had not investigated the trail that runs along on the other side of the stream at the bottom of the back garden.
Today we remedied that - walking out to the small mall of shops via the trail, before it got too hot to be outside.
We also wanted to see how visible the house is from the trail. In winter it will obviously be quite visible and it looks as if at any time of year going out on the deck in dressing gown and slippers to fill the bird feeders may not be a good idea!
At a junction on the trail we came across this little, beautifully roofed, house.
Or Little Library..
All the books were quite dry and in a little door under the roof there was a log book where you are invited to leave your comments about the book that you have read and are returning..
I have seen phone box libraries but never quite such a small one or one in quite such a pretty spot.