I’ve not been feeling myself lately (far too much worry and fear even for an eternal optimist like me), my sleep pattern has gone to pot and I can’t seem to settle to anything. I am trying very hard to look after myself and fortunately exercise and eating properly are ingrained habits but negative thoughts keep intruding which I find very unsettling.
However, my lovely daughter came home yesterday for a long weekend of R&R and straight after lunch we went to Polesden Lacey for a walk in the sunshine. We had a good catch-up as we walked across fields of expectant ewes and around the garden and KT spotted The Observer’s Book of British Insects in the secondhand bookshop which we snapped up for our growing collection. On the way home we called in at the allotment to harvest leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, daffodils and anemones and I made a delicious risotto with the leeks and psb. Later the three of us sat together on the sofa to watch Mary Beard reveal new secrets about Pompeii. (There has been excellent telly on lately: I was hooked on Dickensian, I always adore Waldemar Januszczak’s take on art from the Renaissance and The Night Manager on Sunday evening is terrifyingly gripping.)
Today has been another blue sky day and we decided to stay local and go to Wisley. We had a lovely time sniffing lemon blossom in the glasshouse, admiring the unfurling of furry Magnolia buds and enjoying a bowl of celeriac and pear soup sitting outside. We wandered slowly and took every opportunity to sit down with our faces to the sun.
We popped to the shop and I bought three packets of new to me flower seeds for direct sowing at the allotment. I chose a lime green zinnia, borage from Jekka because it is pretty and edible and Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’. I will try again with Orlaya (last year’s sowing got frazzled in the July heat) and after last year’s anemone success I’ve bought a fresh batch of anemone Sylphide in the colour cerise. Last October’s sowing of A. Meron didn’t amount to anything – probably rotting away in water-logged soil. I also have a new packet of wildflower seed for my wild corner of the allotment. This year is going to be my most floriferous ever – I hope. Already I’m feeling better after a couple of lovely days with my daughter and looking ahead to the growing year is always good for the soul. We came home for tea and a hot cross bun and I made a fish pie for dinner tonight. I see Monty’s back with Gardener’s World this evening so Spring must be just around the corner.
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