Apart from not sleeping very much last night and being exceptionally tired – today went rather well. My only miscalculation was that it was almost 4 o’clock when I began to tidy my desk, close down my computer and get my things together to leave work…big mistake… I need to begin at a quarter to four as it takes longer than I think to get everything straight and ready for tomorrow. It still feels odd leaving closer to four than five but at the same time feels extremely good to be getting home so much earlier. Four is definitely the new five!
At lunch time I walked over to the other side of town and paid in a couple of my mum in-laws cheques at the bank that have been waiting for ages and then popped to our Building Society next door and had our savings pass-books updated with the year end interest. I even had time to zoom across the road and get a new battery fitted in my watch. I was back in the office within 20 minutes and minus 3 jobs taken off my task list. I am going to start running out of errands by the end of the week at this rate!
Tomorrow I need to go to the Health Food store and pick up some supplements at lunchtime and after work I will have to do some shopping at the big Sainsbury’s. As we are still suffering the cool weather and endless showers I am finding it difficult to get into the garden after work to tend to the pots – but just wait – no doubt because I have to go shopping tomorrow evening it will be sunny.
Below is a picture of my garden in Yorkshire that I took last Friday in the sunny border. I decided to abandon the indoor Friday Fling in favour of some outdoor weeding and pruning while the weather was good.
I love the tall spires of the deep blue Veronica and the pretty pink Sidalcea (mallow family) and dotted in amongst are the last of the gorgeous Peony flowers (Shirley Temple). When the wind blows the whole border seems to sway from side to side like a huge wave.
Our Weekend away
Last Sunday we set off at 8.30 and travelled down to Shrewsbury to attend the big Garden Party event at my mother in law’s care home. It is a comparatively small care home catering for only 28 residents in a large old Georgian house situated just off the main town square. All the relatives were invited to go for the day and join in the party and we were greeted with a wonderful glass of chilled Pimms full of chopped fresh fruit, deliberately made slightly on the weaker side to avoid any drunken Zimmer frame drivers later on!!!
After a brief shower the sun shone all day and we had a delightful lunch which was served in the new marquee on the lawn in their walled garden, which was awash with flowers in hanging baskets, planters and borders, some of which the residents tend to themselves if they are able. The marquee was all laid out as if it was a wedding – with bunting, crisp white linen clothes, well polished silver and glassware and very ‘posh’ menus.
For lunch we had a mixed bowl of salad, minted baby potatoes and a home made vegetable lasagne. (For the non-vegetarians it was Wiltshire Ham or Fresh Salmon). For afters there was a choice of desserts and I had the delicious Key Lime Pie, though I was tempted by the Trio of Chocolate desserts – hard choice!They had even organised a visit from Sasha the Eagle Owl who was attracting quite a lot of attention!
The carers worked so hard all day to make sure we all had a wonderful time – it was so nice being able to spend a leisurely summer afternoon with our elderly moms or dads.