It is lovely and fresh out and a cool 11 deg. at the moment. I am hoping that the VERY worst of the pollen is fading a bit now. I managed a walk yesterday morning - not that far, and just in the town. I couldn't find anywhere to park (there was some very ignorant parking - a pick up truck taking up the middle portion of a parking space for two cars. That seems to happen regularly. People can be so inconsiderate). Anyway, I ended up at the side of the Groe, over by the school, and walked up into town that way to get the paper and my prescription. I had a lovely chat with the lady at the paper shop, and then wandered over to the Local History Society shop and had a natter in there. Then as I walked back, a good chat with the lady who has a collectables shop. Builth is such a friendly place.
Thursday 22 June 2023
Time to Think and Be Mindful . . .
I'd like some more of these Hardy Geraniums - this one is Black Beauty.
The Mullein, which has got LOTS of smaller flower spikes on to last for weeks. The top leaves are soft and felty, but the giant ones at the base are smoother.
OK, not sure what has happened here. I noticed these proto-buds??? in the centre of a spent flower on rosa Belle de Crecy. Perhaps I should not have dead-headed them but seen if they would carry on to bloom? Never seen this before.
Dahlia Gardenetta Peach. I got two of these last week.
A nameless Dahlia. It has gone in a planter which DID have Cosmos seedlings in, until they were nobbled by slugs on a recent wet night, and then Ghengis took to using it as a bed - hence the repurposed seed-stack shelf over a corner of this and an entire planter of what is left of another Cosmos planting. I should have started them off in trays in May.
I couldn't resist this pot of Pinks, which I had just the container for as the Oxalis which had been in it was another winter casualty.
The cobbles - all done by hand, and obviously still a work in progress, but it has been let go for a long time and it goes two sides of the stable yard. The last people used chemicals to control the weeds, but that doesn't remove the soil in between the cobbles, and I would NEVER use poisons to control weeds.
It is very therapeutic working out here when it is cool (I have to work early or late, as in full sun it is punishing.) It is mindful work, I have spent hours pondering family history conundrums, or just thinking of the folk I have discovered, thinking of the past. That includes the recent past and I got to the bottom of the friendship breakdown, which seemed to begin when Keith got his diagnosis and I became a full time carer. A few of us were in a little chat group which started many many years ago now. As I got sympathy and attention, there became an obvious "edge" in Lost Friend's posts, which became worse and worse. As long as they got the attention and could be top dog, things were ok. Last week there was a climax and I'd had enough. There is a word for the condition, Narcissism. Looking at the symptoms, gosh, spot on . . . It is such a relief not to be walking on eggshells any longer.
Hope that those who want sunshine are enjoying it. I worry about our shared private water supply so won't say no to a bit more heavy rain. :)