Easter and the gallop to summer

A wonderful Easter weekend – with proper Easter weather – sun and a nip in the air (the previous weekend’s balmy temperatures being an anomaly which put paid to the daffodils). All our Easter activities were blessed with the ‘right weather’, luring people out to enjoy things to the full.

The garden is lush with new growth and grass-cutting has now taken its permanent summer place on the ‘to do’ list. The glorious fresh green of spring leaves in the hedgerows and woodland around us is a refreshing balm for the soul. Everyone is walking taller, smiling more easily, unfolding like the spring flowers and readying themselves to enjoy life out and about.

A trip to the Jurassic coast on Saturday morning (in a biting wind) was rescued by a visit to Whitchurch Conanicorum and a picnic in a sunny sheltered spot. Barrington was our destination yesterday – taking ‘overflow books’ to the book barn there. We bumped into friends and neighbours, also taking advantage of the sunshine. The gardens were looking beautiful – vivid colours – wallflowers and tulips making glorious displays (well done, team of volunteer gardeners).

Out with the paintbrushes when we got home – and now the ‘new’ shed is looking smart – all ready to receive its motley collection of ‘treasures’. (Note to self: why does one hoard things which are of no use to anyone else?) (Note to potential burglars: forget it – nothing worth nicking 😉 )

So, the African hut, destroyed by Storm Frank, has now been resurrected as a shed – and you would be surprised how much of it found its way into the foundations (thanIMG_1733ks to our lovely neighbours, who masterminded the very solid – temporary – construction)  Photo to follow, just as soon as we work out what to do for a roof!

Hopefully, this will happen in time for the next bank holiday weekend, when the gardens and book collection are open to the public – with all sorts of pleasant things to do. Check it out at  https://honeypotbooks.wordpress.com/

And today? Still lots of tidying up to do – and preparation for our ‘literary garden’ – not to mention spring-cleaning the Canary-coloured caravan. And I guess that the weeds are also popping up with the more welcome new spring growth, so, guess what!…

 

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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. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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