IT is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside our door.
(From To My Sister: William Wordsworth)
A very Happy Sunday to you all!
It’s been a simply beautiful day here. After a miserable, drizzly start, the sun came out at around 11am and has been shining his little head off all day.
Have you had a good weekend? I’m feeling quite upbeat for a Sunday evening! Usually the Sunday evening blues are beginning to set in around now as thoughts of Monday morning and the evils of work begin to muscle in on my equilibrium. I’m lucky enough to have tomorrow off though so I have a day’s respite at least from those feelings that I’m being wrenched away from my man, my kids and my home! Needs must though when the devil holds yer purse strings eh?
Last night we entertained my brother and my very soon to be sister-in-law. As is usual when we get together we had such a giggle. Just at random stuff but nevertheless I woke up this morning with my ribs aching from laughing. We had home made lasagne (which cost probably four times as much as a ready made frozen one would have done!) but even though I say so myself, it was really good and there’s still enough left for two good portions for tomorrow too. We had that with some salad leaves, vine tomatoes with red onion, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and served with garlic focaccia. There were warm brownies, fresh fruit and cream for pud. Well for my other half and my brother at least; we girlies declined as we were stuffed to the gills! Unusually, we didn’t partake in much booze. My sis-in-law to be had fallen down the stairs earlier that evening and was very sore and wobbly, and my brother was under the weather with an ear infection too so it was plenty of coffee all ‘round! Shows you don’t have to drink copious amounts of alcohol to have a good time - (although I know it helps sometimes)!!
This was taken just as they discovered that the gate had actually been left open for them. I'm sure I could hear a clucky "Wahayyyy" as they all trooped out.
I asked them all to pose for their first outing to be properly documented for prosperity. This was their collective response. ~~~~~~~~~>
Another wonderful sight today was that of no less than FOUR buzzards wheeling and calling in the clear blue sky above us. We usually see two of them quite regularly but never four together. One of them flew quite low over the house a little later on, low enough so that we could see the underside of his wing span. Thankfully the chooks were safely locked back in their pen by this stage!
So in the (very short) intervals in which I was able to tear myself away from nature watching and chicken observation, I actually did manage to do some work! One of my ornamental grasses has now been pruned vigorously, the ice plants have had the woody flower stems removed now that the new growth has appeared and the seed heads have been utilised during the winter by various insects and birds. The pots have been emptied and the spent compost and waste plant matter have gone into the compost bin. Annoyingly however I had to stop as I ran out of space both in my compost bin and in the Council collected green wheelie bin which is full to the brim! Hopefully it will be emptied this weekend however, so that will allow me to finish that little project. We should be having some top soil delivered for the raised bed very soon so it will be all systems go with the veggie planting. Can't wait!
OO! Can I just say a humungous THANK YOU and welcome to our bloggie followers! There are 14 of you now ! So pleased!
|Behind bars once again. It's an outrage!!|
Edited to add: Note to self. Do not blog past 11pm at night as you are most likely to type a complete load of twaddle with zillions of spelling and grammatical errors. And make yourself look like a right tit. Sigh.
Mostly corrected now!! I think I need new glasses!!! ;)