Friday, 10 July 2020


Just another day like the ones that have gone before it this week weather-wise.   This photograph sums it up nicely, taken about five minutes ago from the window next to where I am sitting at the computer.
(sorry about the washing line stretching across).  One minute the sky is blue and the hot sun is shining, then pretty white fluffy clouds drift across, then comes the angry black cloud and a heavy shower.

I really went out to take a few photographs in the garden (and to show my new hairstyle to my friend and neighbour who was in her garage.   Pink/red seem to be the dominant colours at the moment.
But one of my favourites, which (as long as you keep deadheading) stays out all Summer long, is the Gallardia.   Nothing subtle about it - a really 'in your face' plant but certainly a bright and cheerful plant on a dismal day - I have it in various parts of the garden.

I have to say that gardening (well doing what I can and asking my lovely gardener to do the steep bits), blogging, Zooming with three different groups of people, friends and my nightly chat with my son (and trying to keep off politics) have carried me through Covid so far.   And frankly, according to the World Health Organisation we have not reached the peak yet, I can't see things changing all that much in the near future.

Oh and don't forget reading.   Several people in Blogland recommended The Red Hill (thank you Sue for one) and I sent for it.   It came yesterday and it is delightful.   I am determined to make it last and am limiting myself to one chapter a day.   I could easily sit up and read it through the night but am not going to do so.   In all likelihood my Book Group will meet again next month - there are plans afoot - and we are all asked to take one book we have read over the break (!!) which we have enjoyed.   I have enjoyed quite a few but this will definitely be my choice.

Well my washing machine has just finised its cycle so I must go and empty it.   It is quite windy today and so I dare not put my washing on the line - I am too unsteady on my feet to cope with pegging out washing and a stiff wind blowing.   So next job will be to put on the tumble drier.   The door bell rang to advertise the delivery of my seven ready meals (order six and get one free) - they are brilliant, go straight in the freezer and are a good standby.   It has kept one catering firm going throughout the Pandemic - and it is a top notch catering firm too with a really good restaurant- and she told me when I rang to re order that they have done so well with this that they intend to keep going with delivering ready meals when the restaurant reopens.   Good to hear of some success.

Enjoy the cheery Gallardia which chose to come out blatantly at the top of my post for today!True to form - likes the limelight.


saraband said...

Is the catering firm local to you or do they deliver nationally?

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Things are really blooming in your garden right now! Your weather sounds like ours yesterday - the first rain we've had in quite a while. -Jenn

A Smaller Life said...

Those grey clouds seem to be settling over the whole of the country, although today they whizzed by quite quickly leaving some blue sky in their wake. And it's still so much chillier than it should be for July, I actually woke up cold last night and had to pull the covers around me.

Your garden looks lovely, so much delicate colour.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

The garden looks very bright and cheerful; my flowers are looking a bit battered by the recent rains but will soon pick up once we get some sunshine. My brother has friends who have a pub; they've been selling all the ingredients they once put into the meals from a stall in the pub car park and have been thoroughly enjoying the more social hours and spending more time with their little boy. I expect they will fully open again but they seem in no hurry to do so.

Sue said...

The Lincolnshire sky looks a bit like your Yorkshire sky right now. I'm saving my washing until tomorrow.

liparifam said...

Love your beautiful flowers :) Who is the author of The Red Hill, please? There appear to be numerous books with that name...

JayCee said...

Yoor Gallardia is certainly cheerful. It made me smile just now.
We have sunshine here today but such a strong breeze that makes it quite chilly.

The Weaver of Grass said...

liparifam - The author of The Red Hill is Mike Parker.

Saraband - they are very much a local firm and do mainly weddings and funeral teas and things like that. They also have a very successful restaurant and a farm shop. But I think their delivery area is only ten miles.

Librarian said...

Pat, those summery flowers are beautiful, and brighten up even a grey cloudy day, don't they.
It's been very windy here all of yesterday afternoon and most of today so far. On my parents' newly decked balcony, the large umbrella blew over, knocking down a few plant pots in its wake. Nobody was hurt, thankfully, but my Mum was pretty shaken by it; she used to be much quicker on her feet and only a few years ago, she would have reacted earlier and put the umbrella away on such a windy day.

Julia said...

The book title is On the Red Hill by Mike Parker. So good and can understand why you are making it last!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks Julia for putting me right on the title. Just going to read another chapter.

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Heather said...

Your garden is looking delightful in spite of strong winds and heavy showers. Today has been a little better here today and I am hoping the trend will continue. I have had enough wet and windy to last me a long time. Thank you for the book recommendation.

Bonnie said...

Your garden is beautiful! Thank you for sharing those lovely pictures with us. It is nice to hear that the catering company is doing so well. So many businesses have been having troubles, I love hearing about the ones doing well. I'm glad you are enjoying your book. A good book gives you something to look forward to, doesn't it? Enjoy your weekend!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you everyone. See you on Saturday.

wherethejourneytakesme said...

Your garden is looking so lovely and summery - I am in need of a gardener here for a few days! I smiled to myself when you said you had to keep off politics with your son - I have to do the same with my mum - our disagreements send her blood pressure soring, yet she is always the one to bring politics into the chat each evening.

Joanne Noragon said...

Your new blog layout is very, very nice, too. As good as gardening.

Ruth said...

Such a happy post - your flowers are so cheerful and a reason to keep at it as much as you can manage. Thank goodness for your gardener, and your caterer! I think the only thing I could have delivered here would be a pizza.

I can't do much of anything outside and try not to even look out into the far side yard where a huge flowerbed is now full of weeds. A friend in a similar circumstance has just told me she's hired a man who will bring his goats, enclose the area with an electric fence. He'll bring them water and check on them until they've cleared away the weeds and brush. I'm thinking about it!

Enjoy your days - you are a day brightener for the likes of me!

Granny Sue said...

I was so excited to see your garden! I have been trying to imagine what it must look like. It's lovely. I like gaillardia too, but don't have any this year because of not being able to get out to get very many plants. Maybe I'll start my own next year.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyoe.

Lynn said...

Beautiful garden

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I just saw your comment on one of my posts from way back when (2009)!
I'm so sorry for your loss.
It's been trying times for everyone, you sound like you are managing! Cheers from Canada.

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