One of the things I like about gardening, especially in a country like ours where the weather is so unpredictable, is that you never know what will happen next. Yesterday morning, when my gardener still hadn't put in an appearance, I decided I really had to water each individual evergreen bush I had planted in my new piece of garden, so I went out and staggered back and forth from tap to garden with cans of water until every bush (12 in all) had had a canful. I came in for a sit down and a coffee and glancing out of the window I saw that my gardener was mowing the lawn. He just finished in time before it began to rain and it rained steadily for five or six hours. It is still raining on and off this morning. And how much better everything looks, not from my watering but from 'proper' rainwater.
Three of my pots are now filled with fresh soil ready to plant up for summer; the plants sit there ready, all I need when I come back from my usual lunch out is a bit of sunshine and then I can plant them up. Another job done.
Did anyone take my advice from an earlier blog a few weeks ago and locate and read 'Happiness' by Aminatta Forna? It is my choice for my Book Club which meets on the first Monday in the month. I find the writing exceptional and I have so enjoyed the book. I have already read it twice and am now reading it for the third time so that by a week on Monday I am well-prepared to discuss it. The writing is exceptional. Do look out for it.
Time to get ready for collecting friend W for lunch - expect it will be Salmon Florentine (salmon on a bed of spinah with Hollandaise sauce) with veggies as usual - it is so delicious I almost always have that (sometimes prawn salad with chips for a change but not on chilly days like today). There is a huge menu but on the whole I like very little meat. There is a large veggie menu too (one reason for this may be that we eat at the Golf Club on the army garrison where many Ghurkas are stationed) - usually at least six courses.
Might speak to you later if anything spectacular happens - otherwise enjoy your day.