Tuesday, 14 July 2020


My lawn is growing at quite a pace and just when I thought it was getting too long for comfort I hear my Gardener here strimming the edges and then he will be mowing the lawn.   I was talking to my neighbour in the front garden after my walk this afternoon when my Gardener passed on his way somewhere.   He wound down the window of his van - I presumed to tell me when he was coming
to mow the grass.   But no - he called out 'Like your hair!!' (I have at last managed to have it cut as I reported the other day).  That's the sort of Gardener I like.

It has been yet another cloudy, breezy quite chilly day here.   Oh for some warm July weather.  Surely Summers used to be better than this when we were young.   Didn't they?   Or is it all in our imagination.   This week sees my father's birthday - he was born 130 years ago.   I wonder what he would think of the world today - the man who could remember seeing cars preceded by a man with a red flag.  It seems no time at all since he went although it is in fact fifty years.

Such a strange thing time.   As we get older it seems much easier to remember things that happened fifty years ago than it is to remember where I put my walking stick five minutes ago.  And often I am talking with friends and we try to recall a name, or a place and none of us can remember.   It usually comes to me about four o'clock in the morning.   And if I think it begins with a certain letter of the alphabet it is almost certainly not that letter at all.

Well, we are still more or less in semi lock down and I see in today's Times that scientists are anticipating 120,000 deaths in this country over the winter from Covid 19 if we have no vaccine and it is a very cold winter, so no let up of things for a while yet it seems.

On that jolly note I will leave you until tomorrow.


Rachel Phillips said...

When I saw your heading I thought weed, what's she talking about now. Yes, natural, ordinary people at one with themselves are able to call out things like "like your hair". Scientists are not anticipating 120,000 deaths, they are saying in a worst case scenario it could be possible but this is highly unlikely. A bit like when Neil Ferguson said 5 million people could die of BSE 20 years ago. In the end the death total was bout 250.

busybusybeejay said...

Neil Ferguson says some very strange things!

the veg artist said...

We are ready and waiting to comment "Love your hair", but you haven't shown us! What does son think?

Bovey Belle said...

I saw a lady on Sunday with just-coloured hair - black and a sort of puce. It looked GREAT on her, and I told her so and asked if she'd done it herself, but no, she had finally got to the hairdresser and had a treat! A compliment never goes amiss. I bet you were pleased to get one too.

Our grass is growing apace - shooting through on the paddock. I am hoping we will be able to get the gardeners back to tidy up here - Keith said about giving them a ring now.

I too have vivid memories from many years ago, but have recently lost my watch for best part of 3 weeks! I couldn't remember where I put it down, or my best red secateurs - which finally turned up where I was certain I had double-checked!

Bonnie said...

You have a very kind gardener! Not all men notice such things. Maybe you can show us a picture of your new hair style? Enjoy your evening!

Derek Faulkner said...

After early morning drizzle today has been a very humid and sticky day with heavy, grey clouds all of it.
The weekend is supposed to be much warmer, which will no doubt have some people very quickly complaining that it is too warm.
I gave my front lawn it's monthly cut today, not to cut any grass, that is still a yellow billiard table due to the drought, no, just to trim the grass stalks off.
Semi-lockdown! that pretty much ended a few weeks ago down here, life is almost normal, unless of course one tries to get a doctor or dentist appointment.

Heather said...

It has been quite humid here but tolerable. I had my hair done last Monday, thank goodness, and the chiropodist is coming tomorrow so I shall have happy feet. However, I will have to wait until December for a dental app't., and for the Lymphoedema Clinic to open. We can't have everything. I am letting my son off the hook - he has been doing my shopping for me since late March - and I am venturing into Tesco tomorrow for my own weekly shop. what a lovely gardener you have to notice your hair.

Granny Sue said...

What a lovely man your gardener must be, to notice your hair AND tell you it looks nice.

I finished The Offing yesterday. What a good book. It took me quite a while to really get into the story as the beginning seemed to go on and on, but when I finished it, I was sad because I didn't want to leave those people and the place of the story. Thank you for the recommendation.

Chris said...

No need to cut the grass here -it is completely brown and dead looking. Bu it will come back!

Joanne Noragon said...

My father (1907) counted himself so fortunate to be born with cars and the the beginning of flight and live to see a man on the moon. He even worked in that field. We all are fortunate to be in a time and place like no other.

Cro Magnon said...

I mowed the area where we play Croquet, very short, about two weeks ago. It hasn't grown since, and is turning beige.

A Smaller Life said...

Yes, even though we can't go out too much because of rain the grass is LOVING it and growing so fast. I am having to head home to Wales from the Van this weekend to help Alan try and bring the grass and flower beds under control for any viewings that may one day happen.

I seriously think our Summers are getting stranger each year, wet and cold one day and then back to hot and dry ... what is going on. I am sure that the six week school holiday nearly always saw me playing out in the streets from straight after breakfast until I was called in for tea and then again for bedtime.

thelma said...

Well your gardener knows how to make compliments, so your hair must look good. I never go to the hairdressers, fine hair that dissolves into untidiness at a flick of the wind.
The lawn here is always thick and green, but then there are......clovers, creeping buttercup, dandelions and any other wild plant that needs to come up.

JayCee said...

I would love to see a photo of your new hair. Stop teasing us!

Librarian said...

Your gardener sounds nice! Glad he came just when you thought your grass needed cutting, too.
Like the others here, I am looking forward to seeing you with your new hair - before it grows too long again :-)
A rainy day here (and welcome it is, too) and much chillier than the previous few days, another one like this is forecast for tomorrow, then hot and sunny will be back in time for the weekend.
I remember throughout my childhood and youth that July was often a lot less summery than June or August here in this country.

Derek Faulkner said...

My memories of childhood are those that summers were always hot and sunny (something we realise in later life, that could not really be true). I'm quite happy to have hot and sunny in summer and wet and cold in winter, what I get irritated about is those people, often the same ones, that complain about the summer being cold and wet and then too hot and sunny.

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