All change

There is great excitement down here in rural Somerset.  The electricity suppliers are busy digging little trenches in order to sink the cable underground.  In a few days’ time the power will be cut off whilst they tie all the loose ends together and remove or replace a whole lot of telegraph poles. Then they will flick a switch and we’ll be all singing all dancing on the new system.  Best of all, the eye-sore of the telegraph pole + transformer that has been a blot on the view from our house for years, is going to be removed. Hurrah!  We haven’t had this much excitement in the village since the cows got loose x years ago!

In other news, 2 out of the 7 fox cubs that reached about three months old, have sadly wandered out into the lanes and been hit by vehicles, so we are now down to 5.  The females have charming white tips to their tails.  They play in the field ignored by the cows and leaving the adult rabbits fairly unimpressed.

The fete and fair season is upon us and the early events have taken place in indifferent weather.  In two weeks’ time it our village’s turn to host a fair and flower festival.  The theme this year is to be ‘Famous Women’ so all around the village people are scratching their heads and trying to come up with a perfect idea.  Anyone telephoning you is likely to be asking to borrow something.  My arrangement is to be ‘Anne Frank’ – so nothing if not challenging.  Pictures anon if it is successful – if not, there may be a picture of me amongst the ruins.

Two social events in the next fortnight require the garden looking organised and at its best.  Since I have just been away for a few days, all the plants (and especially the weeds) have been having fun.  Parts of the garden look as if there might be a Sleeping Beauty hidden within – roll up all Prince Charmings + secateurs!  One giant load of weeds headed for the local dump this afternoon, replaced by a giant supermarket shop.  What fun we have in the country – mind you, I spent the morning artistically – at a life drawing class – first for 30 years.  It was huge fun and I found I had not lost the skill.  Wonderful.

Now off to cook supper.


About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset - but have had to leave the countryside at a little distance, having moved into town.
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