The heat still rising. Due to stay above 35 all this week. The forecast says it might nudge 40 on Thursday. Later this morning Angus and ' the font ' will be loading up the car and heading north in search of cooler climes. General direction Brittany. In our absence Jasper the vacationing dog , who seems to have settled in remarkably quickly, will be guarding the rickety old farmhouse. He'll be spending most of his days in the shade of the downstairs kitchen. Jasper is a rescue dog, comes from Sussex and is not ( as is commonly assumed ) a Jack Russell. He is an eighth Weimaraner, an eighth Bassett an eighth labrador , and so on . This varied gene pool has given him tremendous reserves of energy and mischief. He even surreptitiously managed to liberate some of Angus's birthday cake .