Oh, what a glorious day it has been. The second warm sunny day in a row. Indeed, the second hot day in a row. I love it when we’re at home on such a day, not having to go anywhere, no appointments, no shopping. I didn’t sleep well last night, no real reason, I just didn’t sleep until around 4 am, and so I wasn’t up at the crack of dawn as I was yesterday, and took things a little more slowly. Breakfast was late, and simply a slice of toast and a cup of coffee in the summerhouse (husband made himself a bowl of porridge and then went to collect our newspaper) but I made chicken curry for lunch, keen to use up the cold roast chicken.
We ate our lunch outside. Our old garden furniture has seen better days, but even were it minty new I would still use a cloth on the table. This cloth is, in fact, not a table cloth but an old cotton Provencal ‘throw’ which I bought many years ago when I used it to cover our sofa which was in need of reupholstering. Over the years it has been washed countless times but I love its old faded look.
I love the jug which has colours which, to me anyway, seem just right for flowers on the garden table. I opened a new bottle of elderflower cordial … it must be spring, even approaching summer, if we’re drinking elderflower cordial topped up with iced water or sparkling water! (A pity curry always looks so unappetising)
I’m afraid I haven’t done much else today although husband has been very busy, cutting the grass and scraping the old paint off our garage door in preparation for fresh coats of undercoat and gloss. My computer man called in the afternoon to install a new backup system for my computer and then I sat in the summerhouse and read. I’ve still not cleaned out the summerhouse (it’s not that bad, actually; but I feel I want to do it so that it gets a thorough clean once a year in the very least) and for any readers who haven’t seen my summerhouse which my husband built for me in 2010, here it is (photo taken a couple of summer’s ago) …
The watercolours of birds were painted by my husband soon after he retired 20 years ago – I love them and think it is appropriate to have wild-life paintings in this garden house.
This evening, wanting only a light meal and not wishing to spend a long time preparing or cooking it, I made an omelette (which we had in the garden). I just sautéed some spring onions, added the eggs, then a handful of chopped parsley, then some grated gruyere at the last minute before folding the omelette (and cutting it in half so we could have half each) and serving with some sweet chilli sauce and wholegrain bread. All done within ten minutes. That’s convenience food to me!
The tulips are now in bloom. Indeed, some of them are over, but there are several pots still to burst into bloom, including my favourite Queen of the Night. I hope that we can get the rest of the garden tidied up before all their petals fall.
I have to say that the tulips, while looking spectacular, aren’t quite the colours I’d intended. I bought them from Sarah Raven again, but I had thought the colours would be more peachy, more apricot than they have turned out to be, and that is bright orange in some instances. Orange is a colour I’m not keen on. I think next autumn I will be reverting to some of my old favourites and not trying out new selections!
Until next time.