I was going to put a heading of Disaster, but in the giant scheme of things this is really not a disaster when one thinks of all the 'real' disasters. But it certainly is a bit of a calamity and I am going to sleep on it before thinking what I can do to remedy the situation because at the moment I have absolutely no idea.
This is a lovely neat and tidy estate and everyone keeps their gardens and in particular their lawns in pristine condition this time of the year. Any lawn which does not keep up with this standard is really an eyesore.
I have no lawn mower, mainly because I really do no longer have the strength to push one, even if it is an electric one. My gardener is very good and comes each week to do an hour in the back garden (which is beginning to take shape nicely marestail notwithstanding) and an hour mowing and strimming my lawn. He has not been this week and as it is prime growing season it is no exaggeration to say that my lawn looks like a wild flower meadow - pretty with trefoil, clover and buttercups it might be but it is no lawn.
This evening I rang my gardener, expecting him to be out with his mates on a Friday night. He answered the phone - he has 'done his back in' to use his words, is flat out on the settee and can hardly move. So my dilemma is what do I do about my grass? I am sure every gardener in the area has a full time table at present so how am I going to find anyone? Watch this space.
I have spent the afternoon in the garden doing various jobs to the best of my ability. I have had a lovely display of pansies in tubs over the last four or five months - they have been under my kitchen and sitting room windows in the front of the house. But we have had a huge gale this week and it finally put paid to them, almost blowing them out of their tubs. So this morning I bought geraniums and violas and this afternoon I changed the soil and planted the new bedding out. Hard work, but now it is done I feel much happier. So all is not lost - now I just have to find someone with a mower and an hour to spare.