We are worried about the lake, again. After this unusually hot, dry spell, the burn is naturally way down. But above & beyond that, our upstream neighbour has acres under potatoes, so he is pumping tons and tons of water out of the burn in order to irrigate his crops. The lake is two feet below its normal level, and the result domestically is horrible: black mudbanks, my dears, one starts looking about for alligators. There is enough deep water to keep the Gamekeeper’s fish happy, I hope, but overall, it is most unaesthetic. There was a brief downpour this afternoon, unfortunately, the operative word was ‘brief’. Can we have some lovely rain, please?