Every now and then I get a bit tetchy in this heat. This morning it was because of all of you who have to approve any comment before you allow it to be published. Of course, you can do what you like - it's your blog - but what makes me tetchy is that I vowed not to leave comments which need approval before publication, then I forget which blogs have the border guards and only remember after I have tried to leave one. I don't know why I find it so irritating, but I rarely go back to see if my contribution was accepted. You know who you are.
Yesterday there was a wonderful wind blowing through our compact but adorable city apartment. I only left the house once to do a bit of shopping, and even then I went no further than 200 feet. The only slight problem was that the cooling breeze was strong enough to blow out the flames on the cooker if they were set low. Nothing really.
Down to business. I need the help of some of you green-fingered people. The photo up there is of a self-seeded fig. I am going to have to waste a bit of time explaining to you how a fig can self-seed in a plant pot of a house in a Northern Hemispheric English town - or I would if I could. H.I. planted a completely different species in the pot over 40 years ago, but then it was taken over by this fig. She thinks of it as a little mystery but I think of it as a practical joke. I may have even done it myself but I don't remember.
If you would be so good as to embiggen the photo you may be able to make out a sparkly residue seemingly sprayed over the leaves which is very sticky. You may also see little brown spots which - maybe - is the parasite which has got onto the leaves through the nearby window.
What should we do? Spray it? If so, what with?