The plants in my garden seem to have doubled in size overnight after yesterday's thunderstorm and torrential rain. All the tulips were laid flat when I went out just before dark last night but this morning they were all perky and upright again - and saying thank-you for the welcome rain. Today has been one of those neither wet nor fine days - just a faint rain in the air all day. Tess came back from her Petpals walk quite wet and smelling strongly of wet dog - hardly surprising. A good brush once she was dry and the smell has largely gone - or my nose has got used to it.
I have P and D coming for the week-end, coming for lunch tomorrow and D and K coming round in the evening for 'high tea'. I look forward greatly to people staying; living alone means that company is good. I do need to plan meals carefully though to make sure I don't overdo it as walking around in the kitchen soon makes me tired these days. Tomorrow's lunch of asparagus, pea and mint soup followed by celery hearts wrapped in ham and served in a cheese sauce and with purple sprouting broccoli and baby broad beans should be fairly easy on the legs. In the evening it will just be everything on the table and 'help yourself'. The butter bean salad I have made tonight as it is better the next day when the flavours have had a chance to meld together.
John (Going Gently) is having a fine old time with his 'corners'. If you haven't contributed yet do go over to his blog and put one on - they are coming in thick and fast - I am sure the postman is glad that this time it is photographs via e mail and not postcards via snail mail.
Storm Hannah is waiting in the wings I understand. Our plan is to go to one or two Garden Centres tomorrow afternoon but if it is wet then it will be a 'no go' - everything is outside and walking round in the pouring rain is not very exciting. It may well be a sit at home and chat afternoon (although D is very keen on a certain 'walking shop' in our little town and he could easily walk round that without getting wet.
Seven minutes past ten and bed with a hot water bottle calls. On wintry nights bed is always welcome. Strange to think that only a week ago it was summery - certainly not so tonight. Sleep well.