The weather is still glorious. Three days of continuous sunshine is unusual in this country, believe me. But from dawn until dusk it has been warm, and only today is there a very gentle breeze.
Therefore, as we have not had any appointments or anything that we simply-must-do, we have been able to make the most of our small garden (“yard” to those in America, although to us a yard is just a small concrete enclosure, not a place where you would relax, with grass and flowers).
The photo above is actually of a very small rose on a standard rose tree, one we thought we had lost during the winter, but it has survived. It isn’t in very good health but it has managed to produce a few blooms and this is one of them. But it is a very pretty colour (please don’t ask for its name, I have no idea.)
I’ve mentioned it before, but it won’t hurt to mention it again, but I love the early morning sunlight at this time of the year. For about an hour – certainly no longer – once the sun is up over the horizon, it shines from the east and filters through the leaves which are bathed in a golden light.
This photo, above, was taken about 5.30am this morning (through the kitchen window)
It has been lovely to eat out of doors these past few days. Yesterday, for breakfast, husband had porridge (which he enjoys regardless of the time of year) and I had bran flakes with banana and sultanas on top, and we also had bowls of fruit.
I love this striped garden table cloth, it makes a change from everything floral. In the background you can see two green tubs. In these are tomato plants, and one plant now has tiny tomatoes forming. But whether they will grow sufficiently large enough for us to have a meal remains to be seen! They are outside the patio door which lead to our study where I am writing this.
Lunch outside was similarly easy. I roasted a chicken but instead of having a roast chicken lunch, with all the usual trimmings, I just cooked potato wedges (home made ones, not a packet from a commercial freezer) and a tomato salad.
This morning, a change of cloth and a very easy, light meal – the weather being so mild means we don’t have to eat as much, we aren’t having to struggle to keep our bodies warm, as in winter.
Melon to start with and then toast with orange marmalade, lime marmalade, or honey. This afternoon I shall sit in the summerhouse or on one of the steamer chairs and read. How I love outdoor living at this time of the year. We don’t have a hot tub, or a BBQ, or anything like that, just a small garden, a tree for shade, and our summerhouse. Then, at 3 pm there is another football match which we might watch. And if we don’t like to hear the often inane commentary, we can switch off the sound. Thank goodness for the Mute button. We are finding that as we age we use it more and more!
Until next time.