Sunday, June 28th
Yesterday it rained overnight quite a lot. So much so that our water butt (old dustbin) was full again. It collects water off the roof:
Doesn't it look black? Buster drinks from the top of it when it's hot.
Of course the plants and weeds just love this weather, some rain, some sun and everything is growing like mad.
Jim and I made some strawberry jam yesterday too, using our strawberries. I think they were a bit over-ripe and we had to boil it for ages. Sadly we then burnt it and the strawberries have risen to the top of the jars. Still, it seems to taste lovely so who cares? lol.
Bi-coloured strawberry jam - with a slight toffee undertone
I can't resist taking photos of the 'hammamellis mollis' as my youngest son used to call it, when it has rained. It looks so pretty:
Here is one of the flower stalks too. They make lots and lots of babies
I brought my father's chimes over from the UK on the last trip. They used to have them hanging in the hall at Lancing, Sussex and they always remind me of both my Father and Mother. On one occasion when I was there with my children Kay and Jason (they were pretty young), we had a bit of a sing song around the piano. Both K and I had done 'Daniel and the Lions' at School and Daddy played it on the piano (after a fashion) and Kay and I sang through it. Feeling left out, Jason went and rang on the chimes! I have a tape recording of it somewhere. It was pretty bad, but we did have fun.
I think my parents bought these in Germany
I spent much of yesterday cleaning up again. I washed the kitchen/diner floor, dusted and polished everywhere. I can't imagine why as it's all coated with muck again today.
Monday, 29th June
This is the doorway to the sun room from the snug and the builders have been working on this and the doorway to my room today. Hooray!
This is the top step into my room. The outer door frame is up too.
It's been really hot today again but less humid. I weeded the gladioli bed which is a real pain as they're crammed close together and it's hard to get at the weeds. Still, I just about managed it. I was surrounded by horse flies and one of them got me on the arm. I put some stuff on it straight away and thankfully it isn't too swollen. Later this afternoon a little breeze appeared and they seemed to disappear. I then weeded another bed on the arboretum and pulled up tons of weeds from the road that goes up to the meadow. Busy busy. I did have time for a Buster cuddle though. He hates the heat.
Buster and Me
Jim is off to the UK in the morning until Thursday night. Hopefully there might be some new Poppy photos! He is taking my hearing aid in for repair as it has given up. I had an old one and that has given up too, so now I'm using a temporary one given to me in hospital after my operation on my left ear didn't work. It's really uncomfortable and because is doesn't have a proper ear piece, it whistles and pops out of my ear occasionally. When Jim isn't here I won't wear it all the time as it also makes my ear sore. I get very down when I can't hear properly.
That's it for today. Short and sweet (especially the jam).