I thought I’d start today’s post with flowers – these pink roses are in the sitting room. They are so perfect they look almost like sugar roses which sometime decorate cakes. At the other end of the sitting room, close to the bay window, are lisianthus …
Lisanthus are such pretty flowers, and they are usually available in shades from white, through pastel pink, to deep cerise, lavender and purple.
As it has been such a glorious summer’s day, we have spent time in the garden, and not just working either. While we had breakfast in the kitchen, as the sun doesn’t reach the back garden until mid-morning, we had morning coffee outside, while reading the Saturday paper (of which there are many sections.) You can see just garden tools in the background, where husband has been clearing a very untidy border.
As I was making the coffee, the doorbell rang – a postal delivery of a book (what else!) It is the latest novel by historical novelist, Katharine McMahon, The Hour of Separation. Oh, how I look forward to Katharine’s books, she is one of my favourite novelists. With our coffee we had each a warmed brioche with apricot jam.
Then more gardening – interspersed with chatting with a neighbour, and his lovely chocolate-coloured dog, who was walking past and had stopped to say hello – generally tidying up, dead-heading, and planting the new gaura that we bought in the Avon Mill Garden Centre earlier in the week.
Not long afterwards the doorbell rang for a second time, this time a courier delivery – Joanna Trollope’s latest novel, An Unsuitable Match …
Sweet William flowers from the garden
The problem, when two books arrive almost together, and they are by favourite writers is, “which one shall I read first?” A nice problem to have!
As husband tidied up the border, cutting back so now there is rather too much bare soil for my liking but we will soon fill it with new plants I’m sure, I made lunch. Just a nice easy prawn salad followed by pears in lime jelly, an old favourite (with a smidgen of cream.)
The salad is little gem lettuce, cucumber (de-skinned and de-seeded and chopped), salad cress and spring onions (chopped). I don’t put a vinaigrette dressing on the green salad when it’s a prawn salad as I make a quick-and-easy marie rose sauce – just combining salad cream (that old retro condiment, but still useful and not as greasy as mayo) with some tomato ketchup and lemon juice, salt and black pepper. We usually have granary bread with this salad but today we had new potatoes, with butter and chopped garden mint. To drink, Katy cider, which is our favourite as it’s a light cider from the Katy apple. And pears in lime jelly with cream for dessert. Such an easy meal for a summer’s day.
Pears in lime jelly with a little cream
By now the sun was on the back garden and it quickly became quite hot, and so we watched football on the small TV in the summerhouse. Later we will sit outside, under the walnut tree and have a cup of tea, on the steamer chairs. We have yet to decide whether to put a clear varnish on them or stain them a darker colour. It was just coincidence that the new cushions for them are almost the same colour as the summerhouse, i.e. more luck than judgment.
And, at last, the geraniums which are in pots near the back door, are beginning to flower …
And now it’s almost 4 o’clock and time for a cup of tea. I wonder what you have been doing this Saturday, working hard or taking life a bit easy?
Until next time.
PS I fear that some comments which arrived during the time when I was having computer problems have been lost. I know there was one from Claude in France, and I attempted to ‘Approve’ this so that it could be published, but that is one that is now missing. My apologies to Claude and to anyone else who has sent a genuine comment that has disappeared. If you would care to re-send, please do so.