Jonathan: Quarterly meter reading for solar PV due. Fully expecting the figures to objectify the awfulness of the weather over the past three months, and specifically the prevalent blanket cloud and fog that has deprived us – and in particular the land (and thus our crops and livestock) – of sunshine. A few minutes of looking up online previous meter readings and tapping buttons on the calculator and then there we have it. Eh? Surely that can’t be right! More clicking and tapping and tutting and … same answer. Try again, different calculation method … Same result. Really? Surely not? This year (3 months to end June): 14.9 kWh per day, average. Last year? 14.6kWh per day. How can that be? Well, even dense cloud doesn’t entirely block solar radiation, it’s a question of degree. Even so, it’s difficult to believe. This time last year the grass was growing like Topsy, this year we’re still having to supplement the grass with bought-in feed, and here in the Big Garden the vegetables are scarcely developing at all (carrots are almost invisible seedlings – we should already be pulling thinnings! – and a visitor mistook our onions for spring onions!) and it’s really beginning to look like we’ll face significant hardship until next summer. As to the solar PV, I don’t trust the numbers: perhaps that earthing fault we found last year was more significant than we’d thought.