By way of a change it was a busy day yesterday. I was enjoying my breakfast before 8am, accompanied by the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme. Then, by coincidence, a quick glance at Twitter told me what was coming next on that programme as well as imparting other interesting information from the various people and organisations that I have chosen to “follow”.
Next, a quick read of all the interesting bits from three national daily online newspapers told me nothing much that was new so I had a look at this blog. I was a bit surprised recently that there were so few responses to the post about Desert Island MP3s as I imagined that the idea would appeal to many more readers. Mind you, it’s not too late to join in now and you don’t have to go into great detail in your reply. Having put together the new family history page on Sunday I took a day off from writing posts on Monday but still received 120 visitors, many of them from Condron.us and a few from Alphainventions.
The rest of the morning was spent on shopping and other errands. A sudden and uncharacteristic bout of excess energy after lunch – probably brought on by the dry, sunny weather that we had been enjoying but which was not forecast to last – prompted me to fetch a heavy garden fork from the shed and dig up the small, box hedge shown in the picture above. It was about five metres long and half a metre high and well rooted into very stony ground. The Head Gardener, ie. my wife, wanted more productive space in our very small garden so I had removed some grass, which had been against the side of the hedge, and now the hedge itself had to go. In a bigger garden we would have kept it but at least we had found a new home for it and the new owner took it away yesterday evening. While outside I was reminded that there was an unexpected abundance of dandelions flowering in our front garden. Henry, our tortoise, regards these as a great treat and has a small reserve in a plastic food bag in the ‘fridge already. Now he has an even larger supply in the freezer!
With that job done it was time to sit down with a “cuppa” and get the breath back. There was a small amount of painting to be done, to complete our recent work in the bathroom, so that was next on the list.
After that came a pleasant surprise – a visit by my daughter, Jennie, and her two small boys. My older grandson reached the grand old age of eight at the weekend so they had been shopping with their other grandmother and depositing “birthday money” and evidently a good time was had by all. The day was not complete for my four-year-old grandson without a big swordfight (soft rubber swords and shields) on the back lawn with yours truly. I was thoroughly beaten as usual and I reckoned that was enough for one day.