I bought a large, inexpensive metal clock for the garden last year so I could keep track of time (I don’t always wear a wristwatch). Sadly it has been a bit of a design failure because it disappears completely into the stone wall background and I still can’t tell when it’s time for aperitifs. I’ve painted the hands gold and that helps a bit. This morning I got Paul to cut some rough planks to put behind it to give it a rustic look – jury’s still out.
I’ve made my version of minestrone soup for lunch, I feel like something warm and comforting. I make it with onions, garlic, lardons, tomatoes and heaps of basil, plus some white beans. More tomato and bean soup than minestrone I suppose. Goes well with bread, cheese and red wine.