Rather than laze around in the sun today, I have been roped into the chain gang that is putting a deck around our pool.
We have one of those above ground numbers encased in timber, which is very attractive and relatively inexpensive to install.
They come in a choice of sizes and ours is about 8 metres long, so it is ideal for the family.
Last night we swam until 9.30 and sipped cool wine topped up with soda water. Very refreshing and civilized.
However, the realisation that we have just two days to finish the job is upon us, and despite the fierce heat, we have to plough on.
We have been using the pool every day in this weather, so as they say, no pain, no gain.
So, out into the sun once again, with loads of factor 50 and a straw hat.