I must admit I’ve rather neglected the house since lockdown in favour of the garden. The garden is looking great and whilst there are still jobs to do, it’s quite manageable now because I have done so much. It seemed a waste to be stuck inside in lovely weather, so I just decided to make the most of the sun and spend my time in the garden. I did manage to find some motivation to tackle inside the house early in the week, when it wasn’t quite so warm outside.
I spent some time on the toys that we evicted from H’s room when we redecorated, which have been under the bed in the spare room mostly since. When my nieces and nephews come round they’d get some out, as the toys were suitable for younger kids. I was surprised to find this T Shirt under there as it’s not one of ours. A quick pic and a message on WhatsApp and I’d established it was my nephew’s. I dabbled a bit in the loft too. I made some minor inroads into decluttering and then gave up on it as the sun started to shine again. I hear tomorrow isn’t going to be so warm so maybe I’ll get some more done inside then because there is a lot to do inside (enough to keep me busy for months I’d say).
My patio plants are starting to look really good now. I’ve a few more pots planted up too, which should start flowering soon and I need to move the geraniums out of the greenhouse to add to the display. I think I have all I need for a nice show of flowers for summer now. I’ve never been this organised with spring and summer bedding. I don’t usually buy so many plants, but I’ve been picking them up at Aldi when I’ve been food shopping and it feels like a bit of a treat to bring back a new plant. They have mostly been bedding, but I planted a clematis too, so there should be some long term benefits for the garden. I’ve also bought some perennial seeds online, so I’m hoping to have more to plant out soon.
Our road has become very social, via a WhatsApp group, since lockdown started and there’s much more of a community feel than previously. I feel very much at home here as I grew up on the road and then moved away (but locally), before returning shortly after H started primary school. Many of the households came outside to celebrate VE day in their front gardens and it was a lovely event. I wandered up and down the road chatting to people from a distance and it was lovely to put a face to a name or chat to people that I’d known for years. Here I am enjoying a bottle of Spitfire beer (one of my favourites anyway, but just the beer for the day) – this picture was kindly taken by my neighbour.