So, the day dawned misty but the sun soon shone through – Honey Pot opened at 10 to an empty driveway and the warmth of the sun luring me out to sit in a chair with my coffee. I had just decided that no-one was going to come when the trickle of visitors began. The next couple of hours were a whirl of making hot drinks and trying to find the kind of books people wanted, whilst fending off the bric-a-brac and sorting out the Fairtrade purchases – all this whilst discussing the events of the week and the health of various neighbours. At the end it was good to sink back into that chair and enjoy the last glimpses of the sun for the day – it soon hid behind a bank of cloud.
After lunch there was no avoiding the lawns – so out with the mower and away I went. It was whilst attacking the back lawn that I discovered all the damage done by this year’s rabbits who have had the audacity to ignore my fences. They (the rabbits) are all very sweet in the field, but my garden is no place for them. I found myself thinking back to some summer reading "Prodigal Summer" bywhoops I can’t remember! What I do remember is, amidst some rather unrealistic scenes of passion half-way up a mountain, some extremely recognisable fury at Nature Having Her Way, and although I am entirely on the side of the character who believed in Nature’s harmony and balance, rather than the irritable old man who believed in weed-killer and insecticide, I still lose my rag at slugs, snails, rabbits, bind weed, couch grass and nettles. Ah, if only the garden could be controlled by words rather than back-breaking work!
However, all is not too desperate as I have brought in some of the fruits of the vegetable patch to augment our meal tonight – and I shall enjoy that spinach beet even if I have accidently left it to bolt!
On another subject – sorry to all who found it hard to get to this site – I have done my best to simplify things and to make it more accessible. Try finding me on Our-Vicars-Wife.spaces.live.com
I apologise for lack of apostrophe but it was not allowed!
Now away to the vegetable preparation.