Jab day! Yes folks, at half past eight this morning I had my second Pfizer injection. My carer comes from seven thirty to eight thirty and was happy to take me. My part of the agreement was to be up, washed, dressed and breakfasted before she came so that she could concentrate on getting all her usual jobs done before taking me. This meant I got up at half past six and by the time she came I was more or less ready.
We arrived at the site with almost a quarter of an hour to spare and were allowed to drive right up to the door so that Priscilla and I could walk in in style. There was already a long queue - socially distanced of course. And as last time I came for my first jab, the volunteer marshall on my section happened to be a member of my Book Group so we were able to have a good discussion on 'Where the Crawdads sing' our book for this month (my choice).
I never felt a thing, sat for my quarter of an hour afterwards. came out and J brought me home I had a coffee and a Bounty Bar as a treat after she had gone and then, an hour later than usual, I did the Times Mind Games. My mind was really in gear this morning and I sailed through them (another morning and it would all be a struggle). This was followed by my daily walk round the block. I didn't feel like going but I know if I don't go - and keep my muscles working - there will come a day when I can't go.
Well so far that has been the highlight of my day. But it is still only ha;lf past two so you never know - something else might happen. All week I have been expecting my gardener to turn up to give my garden and lawn its Spring tidy but there has been no sign of him and if only I were mobile enough I would be out there with the secateurs cutting off some of the dead growth from last year. But I am sure a week longer will do no harm - it is destined to turn cold tomorrow so last year's growth will give a bit of protection.
Today there is a lovely photograph of Princess Anne's daughter Zara, together with her husband the Rugby player Mike Tindall- apparently yesterday she gave birth to their third child (a boy called Lucas Phillip) on the bathroom floor. It is a nice touch that they have named him Phillip after his Grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh - who will be 100 in June.
When Priscilla and I went on our walk late this morning I saw two signs of Spring. Up here at 600 feet asl and in the North too Spring is always a little later arriving but as we walked along the footpath part of our daily routine I saw that the hawthorne hedge on the side which gets absolutely no sun at all was beginning to sprout new leaves. When we were kids we used to pick these from the hedgerows - we called it 'bread and cheese '. I remember we had a hawthorn hedge along the bottom of our garden when I was a child and when it was newly sprouting in the Spring if my mother was making a green salad she would go down the garden to cut a few bits of lettuce sprouting under glass, add a few sprigs of parsley from just inside the greenhouse in a pot and then pull just a few hawthorne sprigs. The lot would be washed and chopped up small and seasoned and would make a nice salad with a couple of chopped up hard boiled eggs. Try it sometime.
Also further along the path I walked under a tall evergreen tree and there, sadly, on the ground, was what looked like a blackbirds egg judging by the size and colour - it had presumably been robbed from a nest above - maybe by a magpie - dropped on the ground and the contents eaten.
My friends P and D who have recently moved, have a very large garden. Yesterday they walked round Sizergh Castle, which is a short distance from where they are now living. They walked round the garden and found something called 'A Stumpery' - they are now very enthusiastic about building one in part of their garden which is shady. A stumpery is a shaded area which has tree stumps added, and logs and branches. Mosses and fungi are encouraged (if you want to see some absolutely beautiful fungi go to 'By Stargoose and Hanglands' on my sidebar) and parts of it have ferns and hostas and other shade-loving plants. Bulbs are planted for early interest - they said it was absolutely fascinating and they can't wait to get started. If anyone has any knowledge of stumperies then they would appreciate your letting me know. (they were very interested in your replies when I asked you the other day if you would have taken the photograph of the couple when out walking in these Covid times).
Well friends, that is definitely all for today. See you tomorrow.