All week the rain has poured down and the weather has been really dismal. Now at long last it has settled for the time being at least into a pattern of seasonably warm, sunny weather with just a light breeze. I don't know whether it is just me, but the sun makes a huge difference to how I feel these days and today, driving up to our weekly lunch date at the local Golf Club we were all in a much jollier mood. It was salmon for all four of us today - it really is so beautifully cooked and for two of us it is salmon florentine (served on a bed of spinach) and served with roast, mashed and croquette potatoes, carrots, broccoli and swede and the mash decorated with a delicious roast parsnip. The salmon covered with Hollandaise Sauce it all looks most appetising. I have completely gone off sweet puddings so usually have a starter while the other three are eating their puds - today I had a prawn salad, which complemented my salmon course beautifully.
As soon as I got home I took Tess for her walk round (she had already had one early this morning) and met a friend who walked part of our walk with us. As she had only returned from a short holiday this morning it was pleasant to catch up with her too. Then I spent an hour in the garden tidying up the tulips - they look so pretty but are beginning to be bedraggled after the days of rain so needed tidying up here and there. I managed to collect a bag full of weeds in the process. No sign of the mare's tail weed yet - it is always quite late in putting in an appearance. But we have one more dose of weed killer to give it when it shows its face.
How quickly The Chelsea Flower Show comes round each year. It is one of the things which the BBC does so very well and there was an hour's pre show programme at tea time. What a lot of work goes into it all.
A busy week looms ahead. Three things on tomorrow, two on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, two on Thursday and then out to lunch on Friday and it will be another weekend before I have had time to turn around. Enjoy your week.