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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated August 2021

The greater the haze, the more settled the weather.

Summer haze, especially when thick, is the sign of a temperature inversion above the ground (usually below 2,000 feet). These are associated with anticyclones which in turn usually bring quite dry summer spells.

If the first week in August
is unusually warm, the winter
will be white and long.

This saying has a poor chance of being correct, but there is always a hint of truth in “old wives tales” don’t you think? Make a note! The thundery, cyclonic weather of late July normally continues into the first week of August. The most dramatic change, after a mixed weather pattern for mid-month, is the beginning of late August or first storms of autumn. 20th to the 30th August is the period. Oh dear!

In the Churchyard, most of our wild flowers in bloom are the taller varieties now which have grown up through the earlier types. We have forgotten the beautiful spring bulbs, no sign of them now; yes they are resting, but it won’t be long before they wake up. I’m hoping that the grass growth will slow down this month. Up to now our stalwart volunteer mowers have been kept so busy one can almost watch the grass growing. Thank you team, can we hope to have a bit of a party in the Churchyard soon ?

Recently I have seen a number of articles in the press and some reference on TV and radio about our need to return our surroundings to nature, gardens etc. Well don’t worry too much at this stage we are doing a bit for you. Some wild flowers in your borders do look quiet attractive when they are in flower, people often refer to them as weeds. Oh, and by the way, don’t cut your lawn as often they say. I think that appeals to me.

Thanks to you for your support. Hope you did get away for a bit of holiday, if not plenty of time yet.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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