The leaves are emerging on our walnut tree. I love it when this happens because they are not green at first. That happens a week or so later, but for one week in the year, the leaves are the colour of a Cox’s Orange Pippin apple, a lovely rosy colour. This disappears as the leaves mature, but for one week in 52, the tree is a lovely hazy pink.
We awakened to yet another day of glorious sunshine, and it was one of those days when I thought that a cooked breakfast might be good to have, it would get us through the morning an into the afternoon, when we could just have sandwiches for lunch.
No fruit starter, just egg, bacon, tomato, and as I had four small new cooked potatoes in the fridge, left over from supper the night before, I halved those and sautéed them for a few minutes, and sprinkled them with sea salt and black pepper, a rare treat at breakfast time. Then toast and marmalade and tea.
Then into the garden. I’m ashamed to say that I was very lazy and spent much of the day in the summerhouse, reading. Husband did a lot of jobs, renewing some of the plywood under the eaves of the summerhouse (after 8 years it just needed some slight repairs) and then he finished painting the walls of the summerhouse – we’re waiting for the paint for the doors and window frame to arrive. He also gave the garden bench a coat of paint, but he used the same colour as the summerhouse and while the pale green (Farrow & Ball’s Vert de Terre) looks lovely on the summerhouse, somehow it’s far too pale for the bench (as it next to the cream garden wall – a contrast was needed) and so we’ve ordered Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green which should be arriving any day soon.
A few years ago, husband painted the bench a rather attractive green/blue (a Farrow & Ball paint but I’ve forgotten the colour) but while we liked it, it didn’t ‘go’ with the summerhouse and so we thought a darker green would look better. Let’s hope so. I took the photos on the collage below in the spring of 2015. The bench is against the back garden wall, in the shade of the walnut tree, and is a nice place for tea or coffee.
But today I feel more energized, and will plant up the pots. Talking of planting, guess what arrived in the post yesterday? The first autumn bulb catalogue. In May! I’ve not yet bought my summer plants, I can’t be thinking of autumn now. I chucked it in the recycling bin.
As I say, lunch was to be sandwiches …
We had those in the summerhouse. Really, they were salad-in-a-sandwich, as they comprised granary bread which I spread with a low-fat cream cheese then added a thin layer of ham, then shredded lettuce, then some chopped spring onions, then slices of tomato, then some slivers of cheddar cheese, and finally a little salad cream, which we prefer to mayo, it’s not as oily. With a few cheese & chive crisps (a packet of those will last the two of us a week) it made a tasty lunch.
While I was in the summerhouse, I just happened to hear the doorbell, and it was a delivery of the above book, which I’m looking forward to reading.
And so I spent the afternoon, reading and snoozing, and looking through the open summerhouse doors to the walnut tree …
With its haze of rosy leaves …
Its catkins are now beginning to drop, they are were walnuts will eventually develop.
The day became hotter and hotter, and I must now add some Robinson’s Orange Barley Water to the shopping list!
Not a fancy drink, not an expensive drink, but refreshing on a hot day with plenty of ice cubes.
And now, I’m off to fill the pots with plants,
Until next time.