It's been a lovely day in the garden and I have been out there quite a bit. I waited until the shadow fell on the new border I am creating, and dug another length which is being planted with the plants from Hay last week and other local purchases. I'll take a photo when I've got a bit more in it. Ideally it needs to be wider so I can stagger the plantings. I've got some Annuals to grow from seed, which I shall strew around out there. It's slow, but I don't want to push my luck with the pollen, which is High now. I shall stay indoors as much as I can when it gets to Very High. The new stronger antihistamines seem to be working well with no obvious side-effects, so let's hope I can weather the summer (well, it's June really) without a long dose of steroids and no sleep . . .
I had to nip down into town this afternoon to buy another hosepipe. I had visions of spending perhaps £15 or so. Imagine my shock when I went into the local "Farmers" place (I'll spare their blushes and not name them) and a Hozelock hose, not on reel, was a few pennies under £50!! If I wanted it on the reel, I think it was around £89 but was possibly a longer hose. Well, both stayed in the shop, I can tell you! I am now grateful to have been left a Hozelock hose on stand by the previous owner.
I went to our local ironmongers, Nibletts, and bought 30m of hose pipe with 5 different attachments including a marvellous spray head with half a dozen different settings. It's brilliant. That was under £30, more like it. We needed to have a hose permanently in place to water the veg plot, otherwise dragging a too-short version we had through the plantings on the bank each time is going to cause mayhem.
All the cats were outside sunbathing today. Here is Alfie and judging by the broken bits on the Catnip, he had been partaking!