No, I am not organising a protest march - March the month I mean - today is not a June day it is a March day. It is blowing a gale, it is raining and it is cold. I for one will be quite pleased when it is time to draw the curtains after tea (early of course) and settle down to watch 'This Farming Life' at 7pm on BBC Four. I know I said last week that usually when I cleaned out my wardrobe and changed to my summer tops and trousers - putting my winter clothes away until October - it usually turned cold for a day or two - but this is ridiculous.
My bungalow faces North to South, the sitting room and kitchen have the South-facing windows, so in the intervals between showers when the sun comes out this does warm the place up a bit but my computer is in a North-facing window overlooking the back garden so I don't get any benefit from the sun at all. But what I can see is that in that bit of garden where there is still nothing planted the Mares Tail weed is coming back just as strong and healthy as last year in spite of three applications of the specialised weed killer.
It suggests you wait until the weed is at least twenty centimetres high before you attack it and this year it will get a good beating with a stick before the killer is administered to see if it does make any difference. Then, after a month, when the top growth has died back my gardener and I intend to plant it up with shrubs and let it take its chance. Bits of the weed have already crept under the path to the other bits of garden so I shall go round there with my scissors and cut the fronds off at ground level. These things are sent to try us and in these awful days of Covid and the terrible Black Riots - I really shouldn't be bothering my head with such trivialities.
On the bright side the roads are still almost empty up here, the air seems to be clearer, there are only a few aeroplanes going over now and again (we are close to an RAF station), the birds seem to be singing especially loudly this year, there are so many things to be pleased about for now that we really should be concentrating on those things
rather than on things that we can do little or nothing about. I shall try doing this to dispel the cloud which seems to be hanging over my head a little today.