A ball has appeared in the sky - can it possibly be the sun? It is indeed. On rising this morning it was wet, as it has been all week. But as the day has gone on it has got gradually better and now the rain has stopped and a weak sun has come out and the temperature has risen to a positively tropical fifteen. There is a Festival of Food and Drink here this week-end, starting first thing in the morning. Apart from the main road through the town all other roads are closed so that stalls can be set up so one can but hope they get fine weather for the next couple of days - they must have been anticipating the worst.
I still have no facility to send e mails although I can still receive them. If it has not righted itself by the end of the week-end I shall ask the computer man to call in and help me. I have tried every symbol visible around the edges of the e mail page and nothing makes the slightest bit of difference.
Plants in the garden are looking rather sad and bedraggled. I have three clumps of Silene (a cultivated form of Campon) which have been out for weeks and weeks and have given me a magnificent show. But this rain has finished them off and as soon as everywhere has dried up a bit I shall go out and carefully cut off all the flower stems. Luckily I can reach all three plants from the patio so it is a job I can do. I shall also go out tomorrow and investigate the new long border in the hope that it has survived intact too. I feel sorry to those who grow roses in abundance as the first find blooms were just coming out on some gardens around the estate the bushes are just a bedraggled mess - especially the really old-fashioned bush roses which have such a delightful smell. But, sadly, it is one of the perils of gardening - last year too dry and this year too wet.
Out to lunch again today as I am every Friday - today I had pan-fried salmon with fennel and saute potatoes in a buttery sauce - delicious.