A quick note, after anxious enquiries from several quarters. No forest fires here. No forests - there can't be forests without much in the way of trees. The heat - now somewhat abated - didn't do much for plants; local wine-makers are complaining that their grapes are getting burnt, and all their other vegetables if they have them. As for Granny's place: one hen looks a bit sick with it, two bantam chicks fell into dust holes dug by their cool-seeking mother and suffocated; but that was about the sum of things Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the wet, so tree-full islands, had a much worse time of it. Poor them.