Another blissful day - wall to wall sunshine, air full of the smell of new mown grass and the sound of happy birdsong, nobody in a rush and all car windows wide open. I must say on the whole we don't get all that much summer weather here in the UK but when we do get a spell of it we make the most of it. In the last few days I have seen more mens' bare legs than I have seen for a long, long time. Very few of them exciting. We are an estate on the whole of retired folk and legs don't age all that well on whichever sex we are looking at - some would say they are best left covered. But a bit of sun on them does them good and who the hell cares anyway?
When my son and daughter in law came for lunch yesterday my daughter in law brought me an agapanthus seedling - she is a keen gardener but like me, because of lack of mobility she has to have a gardener (the same one as me). I am now going to have my lunch (a lovely salad left by my carer) and then have a read up on how to nurture it. I will be back later.
Right - the spirit is willing having read up about the agapanthus - but as yet the flesh is weak. I shall plant it on some time today - it is in a tiny pot and wants a bit of space and nurture to grow.
When I took the seedling out of its pot it was very rootbound - the tiny pot was full of thick, healthy-looking roots but they were far too interwoven to separate. I have potted it up in Levingtons in a larger pot, given it a good water with rainwater sunk the pot into the ground in full sun right at the front of the border where I can keep an eye on it. Now it must take its chance.
Educational 'top up' is all over the newpapers today. I have no desire to enter into a political argument as I try to stick to my 'no politics' blog, but as a retired teacher, particular one whose whole career was based around children with some kind of special need - from English as a second language through to reading and learning difficulties - I am saddened already to know that it is the children from under privileged homes, from inner city schools, who will suffer. Middle class parents have made sure their children have the right equipment, the right facilities and the right encouragement to keep up on the whole. I know this is a generalisation and there will be many exceptions in both camps - but it is a problem that has always been there and will not go away.
Until tomorrow dear friends.......