Right beside the Crocosmia, a new clematis that was only a tiny vine getting started last year has exploded in deep purple blossoms all over the fence post. We've never had a clematis that bloomed like this, and it's been in full bloom for nearly a month now!
On Monday night I did remember to come out at ten o'clock and see the International Space Station pass over. It was dark, and a brilliantly clear night. At first I couldn't see anything beyond the usual stars, so I waited a moment or two for my eyes to get used to the dark. I turned around and there it was, the brightest thing in the sky other than the moon, sailing over the roof of the house and heading straight east. It moves surprisingly fast, and was gone in a few minutes.
And I thought to myself, if we can produce that sort of modern technology today, why can't we figure out how to solve some of the more basic problems in society, like poverty and peace!