After what feels like weeks of non stop rain, the sunshine has finally arrived. Already my memories of soggy July are fading, and my inner optimist is hopeful for a sun baked August. In the preceding weeks I’ve often repeated to myself, the old adage; ‘carry your weather with you’, but some days, I’ll admit, the weather has worn me down. I feel it should be sunny in July, that I have a right to bask in a few warm rays and absorb some essential vitamin D. When the weather gods fail to deliver (despite constant prayers), I find my positivity floundering, especially with a young ball of testosterone bouncing around. So, hurrah indeed for a much needed slice of British sunshine and for the warmth and happiness it spreads.
Apart from the wonderful weather, these are the things that have me cheerful this week:
The hydrangeas are in bloom. Huge powder pink pom poms with confetti like petals. The frequent rain has left some of them lying on the mossy ground, but I don’t care, I still think that they look wonderful. Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers. Every time I walk into the garden and see them they give me pleasure.
The plum tree is now ripening fruit too. Small green hard pellets are gradually turning a light pinky red colour before they deepen into dark purple juicy plums. Last year I made plum ketchup, jam (a disaster) and chutney with the fruit from the tree. This year the tree seems to have become a favourite hang out for the local green parakeet population. Yesterday I counted four of the luminous little blighters trying to camouflage themselves within the leaves as they pecked away at my plums. That said, it seems likely that it will be a challenge for them to eat the lot so I’m hopeful I’ll have at least enough to ensure a repeat production of last year’s well received ketchup.
Cherries, Berries and Fruity Flavours
In this warm summer weather, fresh fruit has never tasted so good. Especially if it’s been kept in the fridge. I find cold nectarines especially refreshing. Normally, I tend to buy my fruit from the supermarket, for ease as much as anything else. But this last two weeks, I’ve been visiting a market fruit and veg stall. Large, plump beetroots, sumptuous oranges, huge slices of red watermelon, sweet red strawberries, giant peaches - all to be found at rock bottom prices. I have indulged myself in an abundance of fruity delights. However, the piece de resistance; my ‘cannot walk past without buying’ fruit, is the humble cherry. I simply love cherries and on the market, they’re an absolute bargain. I dread to think how many cherries I have eaten this week, but it’s a lot. Simply delicious.
Maybe it’s the sunshine, but I’ve found myself drawn to bright, cheerful colours this week. We needed some new teaspoons (why do teaspoons disappear more often than everything else?) and I settled on these. I think they’re fabulous.
|Which colour would you choose?|
It was husband’s birthday on Saturday. I make a real effort to make everyone’s birthday in our house special. I don’t believe birthdays should just be special for children. When I think about how hard my husband works to provide for us, and generally, what a good man he is, it makes me want to make his day extra special. It was a special day. Pip and I rose early to wrap presents, and Pip wanted to decorate the lounge with balloons as a surprise (that’s what we’d done for his birthday so it had to be the same.) We had made a red velvet cake the day before, and in the morning, finished decorating it with chocolate stars. Husband seemed genuinely pleased with his presents and we took a long walk to Chiswick House, had lunch and relaxed. In the afternoon, at Pip’s insistence, we played ‘pass the parcel', just the 3 of us. Funnily enough, Daddy didn’t seem to mind that Pip won the ‘Percy' wooden train at the end.
|Red velvet cake with cream cheese and mascarpone frosting|
After some deliberation we chose our moment, and decided to peek ‘inside the envelope’ given to us (at our request) by our sonographer and discover whether the baby inside was a boy or a girl. We were delighted to find out that Pip will have a little brother. It’s been lovely this week looking through the boy section of the names book and window shopping for some baby things with the knowledge that we have another son on the way.
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