Well it looks like spring is here properly, with Celandines out along the lanes (at last - much later than last year) and the first Hawthorn leaves unfolding along the hedgerows. Whilst today is sunny and was warm first thing, there is a very cold and pretty strong wind blowing which takes the edge off enjoying the sunshine. I have managed some clearing in the garden as my 3 rambler roses have arrived and are currently sitting in a large tub of water. I've been clearing the overgrown-with-ivy bare area behind the pond, as that is where the white Rambling Rector will be planted.
I have bitten the bullet and got in touch with the gardener who worked for the previous owner, and have him lined up to come and do some of the heavy jobs I can't do. Plus mowing the lawn when I can't get out there because of heat and/or pollen.
After having to pay the plumber last week to put the new bulb in the UV system, I have had to buy a fresh one (having realized that the one he fitted was the one we took out last year and hadn't recycled) and then go back again because the system still wasn't working. The controller was faulty but replaced under warranty and I then had to put the new one back on the wall and install the new bulb (which is the job I'd been trying to avoid all along as it's so fiddly and with a wooden clothes drier above it, the £73 bulb is easily knocked/broken! Anyway, it is done now and at least I can do it again next year. Only trouble then is that the glass liner will also have to be replaced then and that breaks VERY easily.
Then the week got very upsetting, as unfortunately my friend P has had great sadness as her lovely old grey horse had a fatal colic this week and had to be pts. I had noticed he was laying down a lot and contacted P, who got the vet to come. Sadly, he didn't get better. She is devastated of course, and I am sad as I had gotten fond of him in the time I'd known him.