Do they get easier as the season wears on, or am I going to have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous garden fatigue throughout the summer?
An hour spent yesterday in replenishing the pots outside the back door means that today you walk into the utility room through bright, crystal clear violas in full bloom and a basket of golden pansies on the wall. Today after my walk, I planted more violas in a stone trough and clipped my box bird, then tidied about a yard of footpath and straightened out a few more pots - three quarters of an hour at most. The result is I feel as though I have gone ten rounds with that lovely lady boxer who won us a gold at the Olympics.
There will be no gardening tomorrow because in the morning I am attempting a completely new recipe for lunch, which will take up all my time. In the afternoon a group of us are going out to afternoon tea in a local village hall - they run these teas every month in the Summer and they are lovely occcasions. So hopefully by Monday I shall be fighting fit again.
I have just spent two hours doing my first supermarket grocery shop on line. I had to keep telling myself that it was still taking me less time than if I had gone to the store, but really it was very laborious - not least because I still think in pounds and ounces and the shopping basket really wanted kilograms. As farming is coming up to its busy time and I cannot drive at the moment, it should save the farmer some valuable time in ferrying me around.
It is a lovely warm day here in the Dales and the grass is almost growing as you look at it. It is now billiard-table green after looking so very pale and shrivelled for months. The hawthorn hedges are just beginning to break into leaf and the fields are full of baby rabbits. A pair of black-caps were at our bird table this morning and my son and his wife saw an osprey looking for nest material in Wales last week. However slow it is in coming, then Spring always arrives sooner or later and when it does, there is an uplifting of the hearts all round. I hope it is a lovely day wherever you live.