The wet weather has made life a bit dull this week and meant that I couldn’t get on with the jobs I wanted to. I had a load of gardening planned, but couldn’t get on with it because of the rain. The last few days have been a bit better though and I’ve harvested some of the black currants and done some weeding, but loads more to do.
One good thing about the rain was the chance to capture this picture of a frog enjoying the makeshift ponds that had formed on my garden furniture cover. The amount of water that had collected in the folds was unbelievalable and this little fellow had clearly spotted a new place to hang out.
The other thing I have been doing a lot of recently is trying out new food. I recently won £60 to spend at the Mindful Chef. It didn’t go very far I have to say, but we did get three meals out of it. The food provided was top quality and the recipes I’ll use again. It was nice to have something a bit different to eat. I’ve also been trying out some premium ready meals on my food blog – this Thai green curry was one of those. Teenage boys aren’t always the most receptive creatures to new recipes sadly and I had about a 50% success rate with H. Thai green curry and a tofu dish proved unpopular, whilst the South African Beef Bobotie and the chicken and noodles stir fry were perfectly acceptable apparently.
My parasol arrived this week. I decided to splash out a bit and get something to provide a bit of shade in the garden, but I wanted it to look attractive too. I picked out this one online and it’s come from Germany this week. I haven’t gone for the pink version, it’s a zingy lime green instead. Next job is to assemble it and make sure it doesn’t fall over – it needs paving stones for the base which I may need to buy. I just hope we have the sort of weather in July and August so I can get good use out of it.