I had intended to go on my usual long walk (well, long for me) today but I had only got half way round - and conveniently near to a short cut home - when it began to rain heavily. It was a good excuse to turn back. So I did have a walk but not as long as I would have liked. I am quite tired today for some reason.
But yesterday my gardeners arrived without warning and they cut all my hedges and then tackled the two large old evergreen trees which were neither use nor ornament. It took them a couple of hours to saw them down, grub out all the roots and cart them away. Today I look out on a completely transformed garden and I am delighted. Now I hope to send for some bulbs - just about time to plant them - to fill the space prior to planting up in April, which is what the nurseryman suggests.How do people manage who have no interest in gardening I wonder.
Friends called this morning to do a bit of shopping for me and as it is my birthday shortly they brought me a delightful bag with hares on it. I am very thrilled with it - it is almost too beautiful to use. I do feel slightly ashamed as I have no idea when their birthdays are but one day - when all this Covid business has gone away - I do intend to take them out for a slap-up meal for their kindness to me over the Covid period. There are many times when I couldn't have managed without them and I am eternally grateful.
A couple of weeks ago an elderly gentleman walking his dog opposite my bungalow on the opposite side of the road called across to me to ask how I managed Percy. Because of my deafness I couldn't really hear what he was saying. As I was washing the pan after lunch today (sea bass since you ask) I caught sight of him going past again so I called to him and went out to speak. As I was explaining to him how I loved walking with Percy but my Physio had told me I mus t never walk with a dog in case the dog darted off after another dog, a dog and its owner went past on the opposite side of the road, the man's dog went berserk and pulled the man over into the road -- luckily he anticipated the fall and fell in a relaxed manner. He couldn't get up unaided, I couldn't help him, but luckily my gardener was coming down the road in his van, stopped and together we had the man up on his feet in no time and he seemed fine. We had a lovely chat and he seemed none the worse for the incident but like me his balance is not brilliant.
Three people I knew have passed away in our little town in the last ten days or so. The first funeral was today and I understand that because the number at funerals is limited the street down to the chapel was lined with people 'paying their last respects' to Diana, a lovely local lady, much respected and loved by all. Very much a sign of the times, sadly.