Guests for lunch today. I changed the menu at the last minute because of the beautiful weather. We had salami, smoked salmon, cheese and onion quiche, crisps, potato salad, celery , raisin and walnut salad, coleslaw, salad, cheddar, brie, cheese biscuits and coffee. And we ate it sitting in the dining room with the patio doors open on to the patio and all at a nice, leisurely pace. Now my guests - niece and great nephew- have driven round to see my son for an hour so I am here alone, the dishwasher is merrily swishing away and I thought it a good opportunity to read my e mails and catch up on my blog.
My great nephew is a whizz on the computer and has confirmed that my ink cartridge is just not compatible with my printer. He has typed out the reason why and given me an e mail which I have just forwarded to the company concerned. These days everything seems to be an uphill task. Not sure whether it is me and my age or just a struggle with life in general. Whichever it is at the moment everything is hard work. Does anyone else go through patches like this?
A walk round my garden (both are keen gardeners) has made me feel a bit more 'normal' (whatever that is) and has also confirmed that the garden is more full of the pollinators - the bees, the butterflies than it seems to have been all Summer. Even just a couple of sprigs of lavender on a plant which is dying back should be enough to leave the plant until those two sprigs have also finished. The bees need it, the butterflies need it and we need both bees and butterflies. Would that we could recall these beautiful days in the middle of winter when the weather is throwing everything it has to offer at us. But somehow with the summer these memories fade.
My visitors return - we will have another pleasant hour together before they toddle off for Harrogate, where they are spending the night. Until tomorrow.