Well this year has certainly seen it’s fair share of rain, several records have been broken for the appalling summer we’ve just had, not that you would particularly notice that it’s over, seeing as it’s no wetter now than it was in June! This has had such an effect on what people have been doing, not least the festivals, many of them were rained off this year and those which did go ahead were a total mud bath. I’ve been to Glastonbury Festival before when the heavens opened a week or so before it started and then continued throughout the festival, it was a wash out, certain areas of Worthy Farm were completely flooded, tents and all. You couldn’t even sit down to watch a band, so the whole event was pretty exhausting too.
That got me to thinking about how Brothers Cider are getting on this year. The apple crop has been dismal from the UK. This is because the honey bees were unable to fly while the blossom was out, either because of rain, high winds, cold or all three, so as a result the trees were poorly pollinated and had low yields. There are a few beehives close to me and the only apple trees which I’ve seen with decent crops are very close to the hives. I assume this is because in the short breaks in the rain the bees were able to fly out and do their job, but couldn’t reach the trees further away.
All that being said, I suppose there are a few industries which did quite well out of it, umbrella and welly boot manufacturers for example.
So here’s to hoping for a better summer next year, with a bit of luck, the music festivals will all go ahead, so we can get back to the days of sitting out on the grass listening to some live music again.