As I am sure you are aware by now, Sundays are not my favourite day of the week - they take a long time to pass and everywhere is quiet. But pass this one is do ing. It is already half past four in the afternoon. Priscilla and I have done our walk, stopping for a pleasant chat with a new neighbour who was watering plants in her front garden.
I noticed on our walk that the bungalow at the end of the road is "under offer". That is nice to see. We are a friendly road and I don't think any of us like to see a property stand empty for long. New people are always warmly welcomed into the community - it is easy to settle in.
Weather-wise it is not quite so warm today - there is a sharp wind blowing. Sadly not a lot of rain forecast in the forseeable future - it must be getting quite serious for farmers - I did read that it was the driest April for many years.
Chicken curry with rice for lunch today - and very tasty it was too. My Carer does make me the most imaginative meals - I am so lucky.
After lunch H, my neighbour, came round to bring me the local paper and for a chat. Because there is a hedge between us we have to make an effort to see one another and it is a few days since we chatted, so it was nice to catch up.
Another week begins tomorrow - I wonder what it will bring. I am reading Michael Palin's 'Sahara' for the third time. It is a book I love - I love his writing and it is an area I find fascinating but am never going to visit. My journey into Africa has never stretched below Marrakesh and the High Atlas Mountains - but I can dream. And, let's face it - reading about it is at least not enduring the privations - heat, lavatorial problems, a surfeit of goat to eat to name but three. (yes I have definitely become an armchair traveller).
I have a feeling several of your neighbors are keeping an eye out for you and your well being. You are both blessed and deserving. Thank you for sharing your quiet Sunday with me. just what I needed.
Believe it or not, Weave, we're getting some RAIN here in northern California, USA! This late in season it won't do us much good as all the lakes and streams are drying up early but it's a lovely sound on the rooftops and I'm sure the plants are enjoying nature's thirst quencher. Better than any watering can.
The now usual daily weather today, cloudless blue skies and very warm out of a chilly wind. Clearly we seem to be heading into an early drought, I'm a few weeks away from receiving some specially ordered bedding plants and yet I struggle to get a trowel in the garden already.
Sundays are just one of seven days in the week and I don't give them any significance and so don't find them any different.
Nothing wrong with armchair travel Pat - costs very little and no inconvenient "facilities"!!
You sound to have some lovely neighbours, and there will soon be a new one by the sound of things.
Very dry here still too, with a drying wind, which makes matters even worse. I have a grass seed/wild flower mix to sow in the paddock WHEN we finally get some rain.
There was a piercing Easterly wind today and we all wished we'd worn winter jackets, hats and gloves!
Your neighborhood and neighbors always sound so wonderful! It will be nice to have a new neighbor moving in soon. It is fun to travel but there are also many great things about armchair traveling. You can go places that you otherwise would never be able to visit, you don't get so tired out like you would actually traveling and it is much more affordable!
With the current global situation, armchair travel is the ideal way to go. No hanging about at airports, your own bed and favourite chair, etc.
The weeks fly by and I find it hard to believe that we are almost at the end of April. No April showers but perhaps May will bring some.
I have just read in today's paper that it has been the driest April since 1938!!
You are one up one me. The furthest place I have visited is Corsica...though I did cycle-camp across the Pyrenees many years ago (er...40!)
We got light rain overnight and intermittent mist with a cloudy sky today. We are in drought conditions too. Some people in the US are losing their wells. The newscaster said 40% of US residents are on wells. This surprised me. MP is fabulous. His tours are exceptional regardless of form: book, video, TV....
I've read some books two or three times. Raynor Winn's Wild Silence is one of those, and after I've read the first four or five times.
I love Morocco, but always stay in comfortable hotels. I go for the sights, the atmosphere, and the food, but give me a modern hotel room with en suite.
I have not checked statistics, but thinking back to last year's April, I believe it was drier and certainly warmer than this one.
We have had plenty of sun all week and the past weekend, but from Thursday onwards, rain is forecast for many days in a row - that's great news for woodland, fields and orchards, but it is also the beginning of my two 1/2 weeks off work, and selfishly, I'd prefer dry weather for my beloved Black Forest hikes.
Your Sunday sounds nice, with a walk and several chats, a nice meal and a good read.
It's looking very dry down here too, rather a contrast to the flooded fields we had earlier in the year. Armchair travelling is much better for the environment.
It's been very strange not having to worry about protecting plants from heat/frosts/drought for the last 7 weeks and seems this week is the same and cold nights again.
Have a good day
As we had 20 weeks of rain before April I am not too bothered however I know that we do need rain for the farmers imminently. The flooded land has now dried out.
It sounds strange, but I have never been to a country and been surprised by what I find there. I must be a good armchair traveller.
Having good neighbours really is the best isn't it, and hopefully someone like-minded will move into the 'Under Offer' property.
We seem to be very lucky with the folk on our new road, it's a dead end ... well unless you want to swim in the canal ... so everyone seems to know each other very well and each time we go to check on the renovation progress we meet a different neighbour and we've had some lovely chats.
We are dry here as well. I was surprised to see that the dirt in front of the garage was cracked. Very unusual for springtime.
Thank you for your replies. Yes - I am afraid I like my holidays seeing the sights to be in hotels with comfy beds and en suite. Not always possible in the wilder places but I am sure they always do their best.
Dryest April for many years according to yesterday's Telegraph.
I am so jealous...not having to decide what to cook day after day! Lucky my husband isn't fussy but 55 years of decisions???
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