We have been enjoying a quiet, restful day.
The last few weeks have been busy – or so they have seemed to us: searching for a washing machine and then a tumble dryer; going out to lunch on a couple of occasions with friends; going out to breakfast a deux (sorry I can’t manage accents); plus the usual shopping trips for food, visits to garden centres, and walks in an attempt to keep fit.
As well as all this, researching my next article, trying to keep on top of housekeeping, letter writing to some friends who do not use the internet, cooking, looking after Barry-the-dog, and all manner of other small jobs. And so, as it has been too chilly to work in the garden, today we have done absolutely nothing. It has been bliss.
Yes, I know; it’s not healthy to sit around all day, but sometimes it’s better to do that, just to rest, eat when we feel like eating, have cups of tea, and watch television than to engage in frenetic activity. Once in a while it doesn’t hurt to rest, provided you don’t sit around all day, every day.
We are not great TV fans. We don’t watch soaps; we have never watched Dr Who; we don’t watch reality shows. We haven’t to clue what Broadchurch is about and we’ve not watched the American version of House of Cards. We enjoy history programmes but sadly rather too much drama and too little history now seems to be the order of the day. I say bring back David Starkey and Simon Schama and let’s have a bit less of ladies-dressing-up. However, we have enjoyed the recent historic buildings restoration programme, where Cardigan Castle won the Restoration of the Year Award by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. This series was led by a presenter who didn’t wave his arms around like a windmill, it had knowledgeable experts who explained about the various restoration projects, and all without an over-intrusive sound track. Indeed, it was the very model of a modern historic houses programme.
And so it came as something of a surprise when we found ourselves engrossed in the American series, Homeland. We began watching the first episode on Netflix and are now totally hooked. Indeed, we have been watching it all day long, with breaks for lunch and supper. And as we are only half way through the second season we have loads more episodes to watch. I never thought we’d enjoy a series about the CIA, but boy, is it good.
Now you might be wondering why there are photos of tulips decorating today’s post? For no reason other than April is the month for tulips here in the UK, and while not all our tulips in the garden are in flower yet, and it’s far too cold for me to venture outside to take photos of the ones that are in bloom, I thought instead I would show you some we’ve had in the garden in previous years, and some in the house, too.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, do have a lovely Easter Day tomorrow.
Happy Easter, everyone.