Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday 23rd June - Nearly a Day Off

Apart from a piano pupil at 4pm, my diary was clear! That must be a first since Term started back in April. (Slight guilty conscience - I realised too late that I'd forgotten to warn the other members of a drumming group I lead that we weren't meeting this evening. Oh whoops)

So, what did I do?

I redeemed my voucher for a free drink and cake at Waitrose (Americano with hot milk, and a slice of lemon drizzle).

I ate sushi for lunch, bought from the new sushi counter at Waitrose. It was OK.

I did gardening. That took up most of the afternoon. I have these plants, bought on Monday, waiting to go into a newly/nearly cleared border.

 One of them is about four feet tall - slightly tricky getting it into my car.

Two were bought from a garden gate plant sale near a school I visit on Monday mornings. I took pictures of the detailed labels, as they had to be left behind. The tall one, with little purple flowers at the top, won me over with "... hardy...self seeds, self stakes, flowers over a long period".

The main attraction of this little silvery plant was the magic description "good ground cover in dry sunny places - SPREADS!"

So this blog will act as a reference when I've forgotten what they are called. The other two plants in the blue tub are geraniums, of the cranesbill type, chosen for "thrives in a poor soil". One has while flowers, the other purplish-pink.

Here's the flower bed; stage 1

stage 2, after he has attacked it with a sort of claw-hoe implement

and stage 3, after I have spent an hour digging over it with a hand fork, as I can't manage to drive a border fork into the compacted earth.

I'll ask him nicely to do the "dig a hole twice the size of the pot" business, and hopefully get the plants in before the end of the weekend. I've also got various pots of variegated ivy that I will put in, and then cover the whole lot with a fine bark mulch. Then any plant that appears subsequently will be considered to be a weed and removed with extreme prejudice. That's plan, anyway.

After a cup of tea, I turned my attention to the dining room table - it's got itself into a state again, somehow.

There's a bit more clear space now, and the heaps have been slightly reduced and squared up. That will have to do.

Nearly a day off?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wednesday 21st June - New Look - Invisibility

I collected my new glasses this morning and have been wearing them all day.

For the past four years, every sing I started wearing varifocals full-time, from the moment I wake up, until the moment just before I turn out the light at bed-time, I have been wearing frameless glasses pretty much like these..

I thought it was time for a change. My new glasses have Metallic Purple/Red/Pink Frames!ASTERIA
Maybe a bit more red than the pink in this picture.

I have taught seventy-five children and worked alongside at least ten adults today since I put these glasses on.

The glasses appear to be invisible - I've only had one comment, from a child; "Have you just started wearing glasses?"

No dear, I've been wearing glasses for a long time now.

Does that mean the glasses are so unexpected and unsuitable that everyone is remaining tactfully silent? Or does that mean that they suit me so well that no-one has noticed?

I shall see what happens over the next few days.

June 21st - Foraging

"Shall we have pasta and slow-cooked lamb for supper?"

I'm too hot to even think of eating pasta.

So one again, I've raided my tiny vegetable plot. One rather young lettuce, and a handful of spinach leaves make a sort of salad, with bought new potatoes and bought tomatoes. Our tomatoes as still flowering rather than fruiting. I few slices of cold meat... a glass, or several, of Chablis - supper.

Tomorrow we will have about ten broad beans each, and maybe a couple of courgettes from the garden to supplement things from the shops.

It has been properly hot here all week. I can't imagine what it is like for people doing the Ramadan fast in this weather. Hats off to them, I say. Much tougher than trying not to eat chocolate or drink alcohol during Lent.

Tomorrow we have a met office warning of rain - bring it on, I say. My veggies need it.