The floors look strange without their usual accompaniment of bits of mud and vegetation and the spiders all think I've gone completely mad hoovering up their webs from the walls.
I think I've earnt a packet of crisps (which I am now eating) and a G&T (which I am saving for later, only I expect M's colleague won't want any booze as she's driving and then I'll end up looking like an alcoholic. As usual).
Here's the grub....
|Rhubarb Fool made at the weekend by M. My contribution was to put it in nice bowls instead of an old ice cream carton! Oh, and the mint :o)|
|Whipped double cream for chocolate mousse|
|Melted chocolate added to the cream|
|Fish Pie with boiled eggs and sweet potatoes :o)|
I feel justified eating the crisps because I've been doing a fair bit of running recently. I can tell this is working because a) I can now whizz up hills on buttocks of steel, b) do 20 lunges round the garden without collapsing at the end and having to slide down the banisters for the next three days because using stairs like a normal person is impossible with seized leg muscles, and c) I got beeped at when crossing the road the other day.
To be precise, I got beeped at, leered at and propositioned in what I can only assume was a moment of testosterone-fueled blindness by the four male occupants of the car. This cheered me up no end- not because it's flattering to be beeped at, but because I find it enormously amusing to imagine the horror of said young chaps when they get close enough to realise that the creature they'd just propositioned wasn't the fit young thing they'd imagined from half a mile away, but a forty-something mother of three, pink-faced and out of breath from sprinting the last half mile home :o)
After all the baking I went into the garden to Check On Progress. Pop came with me as she always does (apparently, she started howling when I went out early on Sat morning- I didn't realise she did that, very touching).....
.....and we found a Blue-Tailed Damselfly stuck in the greenhouse. I put a hand up to rescue him and was Quite Surprised when he turned round, got on my finger and sat there waiting to be saved. Normally they head-butt the panes of glass in a frantic effort to escape. Not only did he come to my hand, but he remained on it while I took several piccies. In the end, I had to manoeuvre him onto the kingcups next the pond so I could get on with other things :o)
I hope you can see the amazing blue/ violet colours he has and the little blue dots above his eyes?
The flowers are all Coming Along Nicely. Incidentally, if anyone wants any Nicotiana or Cosmos seedlings you are Most Welcome -I have hundreds and no-where to put them all :o)
I nearly ended the post without telling you about the Exciting News! I applied for a little teaching type job at college recently and got a phone call today to say I'd been short-listed for an interview! It will be my first proper job interview in twenty years! Yikes! Finger's crossed. The interview's at the start of June so here's hoping :o) Maybe that's a Good Enough reason for a pre-dinner Gin, eh?
I'll leave you with a pic of Teddy sunbathing contentedly by the back door.....
...and wish you all a Peaceful Evening.