The weeks are all blending into one. It’s difficult sometimes to remember what makes this week different to last. This week my nephew turned 3 and I went up to their front garden, to see some poor soul dressed up in a dinosaur costume dance to baby shark, before being unceremoniously shoved into the back of a van. I’d hate to do that in this heat. My nephew seemed to enjoy it which is the main thing. He’s obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment and I think just about everything for his birthday was dinosaur themed.
H has been off school this week, but it hasn’t really made that much difference to my week. Although I expect he’d have a different opinion. It seems likely that September is the earliest he’ll be back at school as being Year 8 he’s not a priority year group. I’m quite chilled at the prospect of having him at home for a couple of months, but I do worry he will get a bit bored – he already is to some extent. I’m not bored though. I have plenty to do, and I’ve mostly done the outside jobs at the expense of the inside ones. I don’t know whether I’ll regret that in time, but it would be a shame to waste the weather. The weather adds to the jobs outside too as I’m having to water more.
Other than that I’ve been going for walks. It is lovely to get out and about in this weather. Walking gives me a chance to forget about everything. Sometimes I combine a walk with going to the local butchers say as it’s a lovely walk to get there as it isn’t on a main high street. You wouldn’t believe looking at these views that I live in Birmingham only a few miles from the centre of town.
I have to admit I’ve achieved very little in some ways this week. I’m not sure where the week went. I did the fortnightly shopping trip to the supermarket and I went to the butchers too. Most of what I did do is evident outside in the garden. The peas and beans are really starting to get going now. I’m hoping for some produce before too long. This week I got that bed weeded and all the peas tied into the supports. The sweetcorn went out into the bed next door and I planted green manure in my fallow bed.
In the greenhouse things are coming along and I’ve been planting out cucumbers and tomatoes. I’m hoping for some strawberries too. I’m now self sufficient for lettuce, with home grown crops providing me with all I need. This is something I generally do anyway, but I’ve grown more this year. More as in more containers and more as in more varieties, which means I have plenty and lots of choice.
My summer patio planting is looking nice too. I bought these on the food shop and planted them up. They are starting to come into their own. I’ve never had such a colourful display as this year.