Tuesday 8th July 2009 and Weds 9th
Because my 'rounda rounda' washing line isn't very well, Jim put up a proper line for me. I love washing on an ordinary line. Jim can't see the attraction:
Some more of those gorgeous raggy poppies have come out so I made a photo montage of the red and white ones:
One of these is on the new rockery I made behind the sleeping shed. It's really filling up now. I planted a lot of wild flowers there:
I have some house leeks growing out of one of our walls and they are in flower at the moment. The flowers are surprisingly pretty:They're like little stars, aren't they?
The arboretum has become a bit overgrown again and we decided to attack it yesterday. Jim mowed the grass and I cut the edges of the snake shaped rose bed. Well, I managed half of it. I did a few other jobs first. Here's the 'before':
Do click on it to enlarge it if you like.
Doesn't that look better? I had only clipped half of the rose garden edge at that point and dead headed all the roses. Today Jim sprayed them against black spot for the second time. They are already much better and all the new growth is black spot free.
You can see how long the edges were, they nearly reached the middle. I have finished it today but didn't take a photo as I have the other beds to edge first.
The builders have been busy plastering the sun room, the largest of the extension rooms. Martin came to us on the arboretum yesterday and mentioned that he was playing at Peppers that evening. Peppers is a 'music' bar in Feakle, about 15 minutes drive from us. It is famous for the music sessions held there. Martin plays flute and he was billed as the 'special guest'.
We decided we'd make the effort and go. It started at 9.30 but I'm watching the 'Torchwood' series on tv this week, every evening from 9 - 10pm, so we decided to go after that. We had our very first peas and broad beans and potatoes with chicken kiev and our carrots too. Oh deliciousness indeed.
We had never seen Martin play before and he is very very good. There were a few musicians there, the regular fiddler Mark, his mate on the guitar, 2 more flautists, another fiddler, a lad on squeeze box and a lady from France with a harp. It was really crowded but we managed to get a seat after not too long a wait. Martin played a solo and it was beautiful. The lady on the harp played 2 solos and they, too, were wonderful. I've never heard such a pretty and resonant sound. Guinness was flying and everyone had a great time. I think Martin was pleased we had made the effort to go. On the way out I removed the poster from the wall:
Martin is Martin Glynn. I blue tacked the poster to the front of his van today, which he thought was most amusing. He wanted to keep it so I photographed it and gave it to him! We talked much about the music today. Martin's wife is a music teacher and his parents used to have a band, so you can see where Martin gets his musicality from. He is much in demand and I can see why. It's funny, after he'd played his solo, he tried to shrink into the seat, he really is quite shy.
So another surprise evening out for us. It was really worth it and we should make more effort.
Today we carried on with the arboretum, Jim weeded the acer bed and I finished the edge of the rose garden and weeded it then Jim put a layer of compost all along it as a mulch. It looks fabulous now. I just have the edges of the large bed and the small bed to do then it's finished for now.
Then I went down to the orchard and picked more blackcurrants. I gave Joe some before he went home then picked loads, mostly from one bush and we have lots of bushes!
Look how big they are. This is a bush we had already picked from the other day! I came in in time to watch tonight's episode of Torchwood at 9pm. It's getting quite exciting and the last one's tomorrow night. I mustn't forget...
I had a play with Buster earlier. He has a ball on a rope and loves it, especially playing tug of war. Jim took some photographs of us, so I made a montage of them:
It's rather small, so it would be better to click on it to see us in our full glory! In the last one, Buster decides to try and sit on my lap!! He is so funny.
I dyed some more towels navy for our new bathroom. Now I have lots:
I also took a couple of photos of the lobelia in our hanging baskets, they are so pretty and such striking colours:
I took a photo of Buster earlier:
If I can extricate the ball from him, I then manage to throw it and he fetches it, but won't give it to you!
We've spent quite a while this evening pulling blackcurrants from their stalks. A bit of a tedious, and rather sticky job. Jam making tomorrow.
My oldest step Great-grandson Connor has swine flu. Poor lad. He's not too poorly I gather and has something from the doctor to help him over it. In the meantime it's 5 days in quarantine inside the house. It does seem to be everywhere in the UK now.