We were at Hay again yesterday, and I defied the pollen (bad move, as it turned out) to go for a walk round the town. I got SO much pleasure just from strolling round with my camera, and as you can see, Hay was looking absolutely wonderful. You would think that the roses beat everything else hands down for sheer numbers, but no, it was masses and masses of Valerian which I kept seeing. Just lovely. Not much in the way of words, as I don't have ID's for the roses, so just enjoy.
I have had to confine myself to barracks now. I need this last course of steroids to actually work and so I have just popped out now and again to do a quick garden job, wearing a hat, and a mask (though the latter is suffocating.) K helped me water round earlier on, but I know he thinks that growing veg is a waste of time, and so everything would have just had a quick sprinkle when it needed a good soak.
I have been out briefly a few times, moving around a lovely old antique wholepiece hand-quilted Welsh quilt which I washed (again) first thing. When I bought it, it was absolutely filthy, but one hand wash in the bath still left a tide mark on the edge of the fabric, so I decided to take advantage of the weather and do it again. I dried it flat on an old duvet cover and it's now over the Betty Maid in the kitchen to dry out completely. It is lined with hedge-pick wool (and dates to about 1900 or so) and was For Best in its day (hence the wool lining). It will be going to the big Antiques Fair with me, and will hopefully attract a buyer.
3/4 of my peas in the planters haven't come up and I can only assume something has been in and eaten then so I have some more soaking and will sow those tomorrow. Keeping the tubs damp is the problem at the moment as it is so warm in the day, so they will have to have a good soaking and be kept moist. I still haven't sown my Mange Tout peas, but they will go in tomorrow too. I still need to make Elderflowr Handcream, so that is another job for the morning. I do feel better for having been indoors most of the day, but to be honest, I am absolutely exhausted as once again I spent most of last night wide awake. I slept between 12.30 and 1.30 a.m. and then had to come back downstairs, and came back up at 4.15. I fell asleep, but woke with a nightmare ten minutes later and only drowsed after that. I hope I do better tonight. I shall be glad when the pollen season is over, and hopefully it will be earlier this year due to the sun, as everything seems to have flowered briefly and then gorn to seed.
We had a stroll around the car boot sale first thing, and got a couple of things, but there wasn't much about and I didn't want to linger as it was hot and humid even at 7.30 and the pollen was low.
I hope you have all had a pleasant weekend.