Thank you Mother Nature for giving us a day off today, for giving us a break from the very hot, draining weather to a cloudy and cooler day with a cool breeze. Reading the forecast it is going to be hot again from tomorrow but the respite today has been very welcome.
Because friend W is away on a course for the week-end we had our Friday lunch today instead. And delicious it was too. Smoked mackerel pate with watercress followed by Tagliatelle with sun-dried tomatoes, anchovies and pea shoots for me and for W the same starter followed by Sea trout.
I had this last week and it was also delicious .
How very lucky we are to have such a super restaurant (Tennants Auction House) in our little town. It has really put us on the map and is seen by many as the Christies of the North.
In the garden my round courgettes are doing very well. I already have three on the plant and the largest of the three will be cut to eat on Saturday when I have folk round for a meal in the evening.
The more I cut them the more they will produce I am told. Two very small Patty pans will also be cut to chop into the salad. It is so many years since I grew my own produce that I am finding it quite exciting.
Another week bites the dust tomorrow - how quickly the weeks go past. It is almost sixteen months since my dear farmer died. I miss him still but have many happy memories to call upon.
Also I am sure I have learned to be much more self-reliant. There is no-one there to call on to do jobs I shy away from so I have to get on and either do it myself or call in an expert. I am learning. Slowly.
Tennis. Football. Very little else on our TV at the moment. Because of England's success at football England flags for fixing on cars have sprung up in the shops and are selling like hot cakes according to the shop-keeper I spoke to this morning. One of the bungalows opposite me has suddenly raised a Union Jack in his garden. Pity it is upside down.