I went for a walk round the block after lunch. I didn't feel like it as my arthritis is very bad at the moment but I must keep going otherwise I shall sieze up. When I came back I sat down with a cup of tea and dozed off (as I often do after lunch for a few minutes) and woke up to such a strange sound. It is windy and the wind is blowing from the East so I persuaded myself it was the wind blowing down the chimney - until after several minutes I remembered I hadn't got a chimney! Then the noise source passed the window - it was D, my gardener, strimming the edges prior to cutting my front lawn. And not a moment too soon. There were at least a hundred dandelions in full bloom and - yes - I know the bees like them, but nobody on the road has dandelions instead of grass and I am not brave enough to stand out in a crowd.
I am a very unpractical person (two very practical husbands has made it unnecessary) and had no idea where the stop tap was for my outside tap. D found it in seconds, turned it on and watered the back garden where I had planted several new plants in the past week. The soil in some places is hard and cracked and in other places just like sand. Everything is starved of water, of that there is no doubt. So D gave my new plants a good drink. Just in time and saved me a job.
He then gave all my lawns a good feed so all I need now is a day of rain but don't we all? Remember I told you I had bought a new iris called Pink Lady? Well I was beginning to think it wasn't going to flower - today there are two fat buds on her so my camera is all ready to take her portrait for you when she emerges. And the twenty or so little seedlings which I have been saving because I didn't know whether they were weeds or plants worth saving have now been identified - they are indeed seedlings from a deep pink hellebore which was a picture last year and is a picture again this year. I left it to seed on purpose because they are wonderful at cross pollinating and one never knows what will emerge. Now I am in urgent need of a bag of good compost so that I can pot them on - but where to get compost in these closed down times. When I go on line to add to my Tesco order in a while I shall just check in case they are selling it - that would be perfect as my delivery is booked for Friday morning.
I seem to have adapted to this new way of living. It is now a month since I went anywhere other than round the block with Percy and I can't say that I am missing anything. Cooking my lunch, doing bits in the garden where I can, chatting to all of you on the internet, ringing and chatting to friends, reading,watching my favourite TV programmes and this morning having a virtual coffee morning with four friends - all seems enough to keep me happy. Hope you are feeling the same. We are all in this together and we will win in the end. Take care everyone.