A longer weekend. We have rain after what seems to have been weeks of heat. In fact, it was around three, or was it four. I wonder if the grass will grow again, will it be green and long. No hose pipe bans here as yet. I remember the summer of ’95 and syphoning off bath water to feed the greenhouse then.
We grew all kinds of fruits in that little space. Cucumbers, loved by us and the slugs that found their way in. Peppers and tomatoes, turning from green to yellow and red, like traffic lights. An aubergine plant, a melon plant which broke through to the outside, reaching for the sky – no fruit though.
I grow nothing right now. But hope to again. Instead I go in search of good fruit. The local grocer has a good variety as do the market stalls. the difference between a large lemon with a thick skin and a puny think-skinned one is all about aroma and flavour, longevity.
Aldi offers decent avocados, in a green that you’d want to dive in to. Piccolo tomatoes which smell as if they are straight from the soil.
Shopping around pays, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth either.
I have gotten through a fair number of tasks in relation to writing in recent weeks and achieved quite a bit. There is a brief hiatus as I wait for autumn to bring fresh results. September tends to bring change for me year on year.
As I go walkabout, it is more and more apparent to me what my life *should* be hereon in.
In the meantime, I have reading. Ivo Andric’s Bosnian Chronicle, Collected Fictions – Jorge Luis Borge and to finish Pullman’s latest La Belle Sauvage, which is delightful. Three more shorter novels on the side thereafter with cuisine themes, and a reserve at the library waits for me – George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo.
Someone once said all you need is a library and a garden and life’s just fine. Okay. I may have finally come to accept that. Except one needs yarns too.
Starting today for the next three weeks, Butterfly Conservation are asking us to count butterflies. Visit their website, download the app or chart. You spend 15 mins at a time counting. You can do it as often as you like over the next three weeks. I’ve noticed many recently on these hot days, and bees. Just lovely, absolutely lovely.