Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Rain at last.

Alright, 'purists' would hardly describe it as rain, but from around eight o'clock last night until well into the middle of the night a gentle rain fell.   It might not have gone down very far into the incredibly dry soil - but the leaves would be receptive and would accept whatever came their way and the soil looks damp still now in mid afternoon - so definitely for us 'thirsty' gardeners it was a bit of a bonus.   And, sadly, the warm sunny weather forecast has just not reached us here.   It is still very windy and cloudy - occasional bursts of sun - and not all that warm.

It was our Zoom virtual coffee morning this morning - five of us for forty minutes - and as usual very pleasant.   Then a ten minute chat with neighbour H who is helping me to control my hair (it is not behaving) and a lunch cooked in my Remoska (Cumberland sausage with onions, apples, herbs and a tomato/garlic sauce.    I ate it with a jacket .potato and it was delicious.

Now at around four o'clock I have arranged to chat with friend on the phone - we chat about once a fortnight.   Then the day will be gone and I shall settle down for the evening. 

Now that my cleaning lady is not coming I try to do one housekeeping job a day - or at the most two, that is as much as I can manage.    Today's major job and the one I find the hardest work - strip and change the bed, wash the sheets, dry them in the tumble drier, iron them and put them to air.   Leave the bed to air for a few hours and then make it up again with clean linen - that is the best - getting into the bed at bedtime with fresh, ironed, sweet smelling sheets - makes the whole job worth while.    I have got to the stage of folding and ironing the sheets - I shall fold them before I ring my friend.  Shall I iron them today?   Time will tell.

When I look out of my window there is a slight hint of sunshine - still windy though.    Better luck tomorrow when it is supposed to be the warmest day of the year so far.

17 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Rain - what's that!
Absolutely sweltering here 26 degrees at the moment (15.45) and unbroken sunshine.

Just been to our local garden center that opened today, normality is beginning to return. Just need a barber's to open now, things are getting desperate.

JayCee said...

Rain overnight here too and a chilly start to the day, but the forecast is for warm sunshine tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
I no longer iron my bed linen. It just gets creased as soon as I have slept in it.

Bonnie said...

I love a gentle rain. You've had a busy day full of conversations with friends. And you've accomplished a big job in the washing and changing of your sheets. Have a wonderful evening!

GillyK said...

Hi Pat. Did you find a rainbow on your doorstep last week? Just wondered.

Sue in Suffolk said...

No rain here - perhaps a thunder storm on Thursday - no other rain forecast for a week at least.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Gilly - yes Gilly indeed I did find it and guessed it was from you because your initials were on the back. I sent you an immediate e mail to virgin.net - have you changed your e mail? That is the one I have. Wendy told me another one but can't remember what it is. But thank you so much - I has brightened my life and sits on my bookshelves. Take care.

Dear mummy said...

Fuck cunt fuckity cunty bollocks bollocks bollocks to fucking Yorkshire shitpit

angryparsnip said...

We here in Tucson would have loved that rain. Smells and sounds so wonderful.
parsnip

Heather said...

I sat in the garden for about an hour this afternoon enjoying the sunshine and listening to the birds. It was lovely, but tomorrow is supposed to be hot so I'll be sitting in the shade. I don't think we are due for any rain until the end of the week, but there is a little team of willing waterers who man the hosepipe or watering can to keep things looking fresh.

Rambler said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am throughly enoying my Remoske so much. I've used it every day abd tried all sorts of meals in there, including the one which inspired me to buy my Remoska thatyou wrote about last week (sausage, Bramley Apple, bacon, etc.) It cooked a perfect Toad-in-the-Hole; Beef Casserole; eoast Chicken with vegetables; and in one go - a jacket potato, a baked and stuffed apple with sultanas and a pork chop in foil. Very pleased I bought it - and THANK YOU very much for giving me the nudge I needed! xx
Anyone want an oven????

GillyK said...

I'm pleased you found the rainbow - I was worried that I'd put it on the wrong doorstep. My email address is now gillyk******@gmail.com. Take care and I'll knock on your door next time I'm up there.

Tom Stephenson said...

You actually IRON your sheets, Weave? Who are you expecting to inspect your room at night???

Joanne Noragon said...

You are so right about freshly washed sheets.

Cro Magnon said...

Around 28 C all this week here. OK in the mornings, but trying to work outside in the afternoons is tiring.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Warming up nicely down here, but thunderstorms predicted for tomorrow. We badly need some rain.

Jules said...

Changing the bedsheets can often feel like a workout - I need to have a sit down once it's done. X

A Smaller Life said...

Getting into a beautifully freshly aired and made up bed at night is just about worth all the work it entails isn't it :-)

We had a light drizzly type of rain in the air on Monday but it came to nothing and the ground remain virtually dry, so I am envious of your rain however gentle. I was out with the hosepipe watering the strawberries first thing this morning so that they can plump up a bit, and the Gooseberries they are like little hard bullets with no moisture around.