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.