23 May 2020

Lupins and Lunch

lupins, peony and rose
Some more casualties from the garden - this wind is incessant!  The poor lupin heads are quite twisted and it’s difficult to arrange them in the vase.  It’s not particularly cold outside and we have been throwing balls for Rick to chase and retrieve.  By the time we come back indoors I feel quite battered by the wind.

Paul is very concerned about his vegetable plot but is consoled by the fact that we may be picking our first cucumber from the greenhouse in a day or two.

I’m having a lazy day.  Instead of ironing a pile of laundry I folded it and put it away in the airing cupboard.  This is really not like me at all.  I have just picked a large amount of parsley from the garden and made some pesto which I have added to a tin of mixed beans for lunch.  It will be a proper feast because Paul has made bread and there is home made pate, cheese and a fruity red wine too.

Apart from mopping the kitchen floor I have no plans for the rest of the day.  I wonder what mischief I can find.

22 May 2020

Windy Weather

There is a hurricane blowing outside!  The weathermen describe it as merely an unseasonable wind but it is knocking our garden for six.  Paul has been outside trying to tie up the lupins that have been flattened.  He has had to move the raspberry canes into the garage in an attempt to save them.  The yellow roses that were in full bloom have had their petals scattered all over the patio, I picked up one bloom that had been totally decapitated and brought it indoors.  This wind is likely to continue for the next three days, getting even stronger tomorrow, so there will no doubt be some damage to the garden.

Earlier in the week it felt like summer had truly arrived.  We pottered around the garden, ate lunch outside and Rick ran around like a small child chasing his tennis balls.  Yesterday we drove to our local garden centre that had recently re-opened.  It was the first time I had been out in the car for over 9 weeks.  We went early to avoid any crowds and in actual fact there were only a couple of other people there so we were able to wander about quite freely.  I bought a couple of lavender plants, some bedding dahlias, antirrhinums and another ornamental grass for the patio.

In the afternoon Paul dug up an old hydrangea bush that had become too big and was not producing any blooms and replanted a Hebe in its place.  I don’t like getting rid of plants but sometimes you have to be a bit ruthless. 

I just want this wind to stop now so we can resume our cycling and enjoy the garden once more.

19 May 2020

Pigs and Squirrel

Our third day of cycling and today we went just a bit further and a bit faster.  If we can keep this up we will both be super-fit by the end of the summer.  The road out of Snitterby is quite steep and as I was struggling to keep pedalling a grey squirrel suddenly appeared and ran alongside me all the way to the top of the hill.  It was like having my own little cheerleader.

stopping for a quick drink

On the way home we passed a field of pigs with their pod-like houses.  The pods appeared to have individual solar panels (for heating and television?) but on closer inspection we saw that they were in fact feed hoppers.  The pigs looked happy enough on their housing estate.

pig town

The fishman called round yesterday and we bought scallops and sea trout.  Paul will cook the scallops tonight with chorizo and a splash of lemon.  A real treat.

18 May 2020

Garden Stuff

Paul and I get up early at this time of year.  Breakfast at 7.00 and then I take Rick out for his early morning walk around the village.  Back home, feed the dog and then get changed for our bike ride.  We went slightly further this morning to the village of Waddingham.  We return home, Rick is asleep on the sofa, and it’s just turned 9.00 a.m.  Not even coffee time.

This morning was sunny and breezy so we spent some time outside in the garden.  Paul is busy planting his vegetables in the potager.  The foxgloves and lupins we planted back in the autumn have just come into bloom; I  like these colourful, spikey, tall flowers that attract the bumblebees.

The late frost last week hit some of our shrubs that we weren’t able to cover.  The new growth on our Hydrangea bushes and big Castor Oil plant were affected, resulting in brown and shrivelled up leaves.   

Paul put up some pergola style wooden slats in the narrow passageway between the house and potting shed and the yellow rose has started to clamber over it. I think it brightens up a dull area of the garden.

I've no idea what this weed is but we've let it stay in a few places to soften up the patio, a decision we may come to regret in the future.  I think it's rather pretty.

17 May 2020

Back in the Saddle

It’s been over two years since Paul and I did any serious, regular cycling.  It is definitely time for us to get back in the saddle and try and regain some level of fitness and lose a few kilos.  This morning we squeezed into our cycling lycra; Paul managed to put his leggings on back to front and I needed his help to zip the front of my top but we got there in the end.  

We decided to keep our first ride out fairly short, my knee is still recovering so it was a kind of test to see if it would hold up.  We headed out towards Bishop Norton, through Atterby and on to Snitterby, where we turned right and did a big loop back to Bishop Norton.  The roads were wonderfully quiet.  This was my first trip out of the village in almost two months so there was a feeling of freedom.  We only rode just over 14 kilometres and, according to the computer, used up 326 calories.  I wonder if that justifies a bar of chocolate tonight.

Paul is cooking tonight.  Wagamama has released its recipe for Chicken Katsu Curry so he is going to attempt that.  I am a little nervous, the recipe specifies two tablespoons of curry powder.  That seems like an awful lot of heat to me…