Wednesday, 8 September 2010
A Mixed Batch.
The week so far has been good. Dave and Lucy are back at school; Isabella starts part-time tomorrow. In the midst of all this it has been good to begin to get back to normality for, much as I love the holidays, I do eventually need a little order to actually achieve anything. Bella and I spent this morning beginning the big garden clear up after the disappointing summer weather reduced it to a woodland of green and little else.
We brought in the last of our tomatoes to ripen, a disappointing crop thanks to blight which is so prevalent in our damp summers here. Next year we will only grow blight resistant varieties in the hope of some fruit worth eating.
Our peppers however have been wonderful, though we can't remember what variety they are. Sweet ones for sure, but not so sure whether they will turn red.
We found this little cutie ambling nonchalantly over the squidgy seedheads of the marguerites just before I cut them back.
And we also found this not-so-cutie. Actually, it is very odd but I don't mind spiders in the garden; it's in the house they give me the creeps. They just seem so menacing in the corners of the bathroom compared to gleaming softly in the autumn sunlight against jewel-stranded webs.
Having cleared buckets worth of weeds, cut back most of the overblown herbaceous perennials and generally brought some order to it all, I really felt we were getting somewhere. I can't tell you how good it has been to actually cross things off my list of 'things to do' this week instead of writing them into the following week's in my usual way.
It felt even better to cross out 'finish knitting Dave's sleeve', a chore which I have been writing for the past goodness knows how many months (yes, I know Diana, it is a LOT of months!).
I have blogged about this jumper - do you say pullover or jumper? Can't bear sweater because of the connotations! - frequently since I began it, but it really is quite a basic knit. It is just the sheer number of balls which make it so slow (14 in case you need reminding. 14!!!)
So, now I just have to start the next sleeve and I can begin the process of writing 'finish knitting Dave's sleeve' all over again. Oh the joy.
Right, now I must off to eat this rather delicious, very beautiful, velvety-soft and juicily over-ripe fig with some salty shavings of Parmesan cheese and a walnut or two.
What are you up to today? x