Am very tired, though, now, so will have an early lunch and a sleep before Stitch and Bitch tonight.
Found, and buried, three dead hoglets (baby hedgehogs) on Saturday. Very sad. I think a fox must have got them. Haven’t seen the mother since. But have laid down fox repellent, probably too late for this litter. I don’t know how many there were, because apparently the average is four – five. But only one out of five hoglets survives to adulthood. Nature. Red in tooth and claw. Hmm.
Had hubby’s sister to stay this weekend, which was great. But of course I was absolutely pooped today, and after waking at about 9.50 am, went back to bed about 11.30 am and slept till 4 pm. But feeling a bit more like myself now.
Washed all the spare bedlinen today, including the towels, and it dried really quickly on the line. Tomorrow the rest of the washing, including our own bedlinen, and I’m hoping that will dry quickly too.
Am reading all the Harry Potter books before the last film comes out – have just started The Order Of The Phoenix. Damn, they’re good. When I’m reading them I feel as if I actually live in the world J K Rowling has created. Amazing. Huge cast of characters, and such realistic variety. She’s really caught the essence of school life, loneliness, bullying, swottiness, everything really. Love it to bits.
Am anxiously awaiting to see if I hear from the hand consultant guy tomorrow. Very interesting. But if not, will just see the physio on Thursday and see what she says.
ED’s joint party (with uncle) on Saturday – have present(s) organised, cake ready to fill, all systems go.
Went to knitting group last night. It’s lovely! a good mix of age ranges and abilities – and personality soup too. Can’t wait till I can knit again . . . bought some Rowan yarn half price in John Lewis’s clearance, and have worked out I should get three children’s garments from it. Nine balls of a soft grey, and ten balls of a brick/pink colour. Both in cotton DK. Lovely.
Well, I went to the foot guy today, and I am to have five steroid injections. There’s a 60% to 40% chance they’ll work, if not, I think it means surgery. Hmm. There’s a four week wait, but that’s ok, because there is ED’s party to go to soon.
Also saw Trundle the Hedgehog again tonight – I did get excited, but managed to regain the power of speech more quickly this time. She was moving quite fast – but it was raining. Tomorrow I’m going to flip some slugs out of the compost bin so she has something to eat. Eww.
Pedicure tomorrow, hooray. My poor feet. They need a bit of pampering.
Thursday, hairdo and some bits and bobs in Solihull (for ED’s birthday . . . so can’t be too specific).
J K Rowling is up to something – she has a page on YouTube which is counting down to something – I’m interested to know what exactly.
That’s about it for today.
I can’t believe how excited I am! when I took the first photo she just sat there, looking at me, but didn’t roll up into a ball. When she got bored with that, she trundled off in search of food. Bless her heart!
We’re gearing up now for ED’s birthday party – she’s 30 soon, and her uncle is 60 on the same day. All very exciting. Have made the carrot cake, three round layers, it’s in the freezer awaiting filling etc, and I’m going to get some ribbon and so on within the next week or so.
Have also bought some new costume jewellery from Boots (cheap and very pretty) to go with the outfit for the party. Very pleased.
Hair cut this week – thank goodness, and pedicure too if they don’t do anything horrid to my poor feet on Monday. Ooh, must book shopping slot for Friday. Will go and do that now.
Well, two surprises today, one excellent, one not so good.
The first one – we have a resident hedgehog! Cat went out this morning and could clearly see “something” so hubby got the binoculars out and it was a rather large hedgehog. We have had a hedgehog “hotel” in our garden ready for such an event for some years now, so I’m really pleased one has taken up residence. They faced each other for a little while, then hedgehog looked away, so did cat, and then hedgehog backed (yes, backed!) into the hedgehog home. Lovely. Very pleased.
Second – was sitting at the computer earlier today, not actually touching anything, just thinking, when BANG and FLASH! something exploded in one of the power extension leads, leaving me somewhat startled. Hubby came in to see what was up, and I discovered it was the USB hub power plug had burnt out. How can that happen? it hardly uses any electricity! but it had also fused the extension lead and thrown the switch on the main fuseboard. Luckily nothing was actually broken as a result, but my goodness me, it left me all of a doo-da.
Went to a new “stitch and bitch” group on Thursday – it was great. All the members are at least 30 years younger than me, and it’s wonderful to see young women continuing crafts. One tapestry, two cross stitch, and two knitters. I can’t knit yet of course, hoping to be able to by the end of the year with a bit of luck and a following wind. It was at the local Starbucks, so we all bought ourselves a drink and sat nattering (in my case) or doing, in their cases!
New turquoise Boden caftan arrived today. Fab. Excellent. Fits a treat. Delighted.
Very, very tired though. Can hardly string two thoughts together, so if this blog is a little disjointed, that’s why.
|peach coloured poppies|
I love these alliums – they remind me of fireworks. The first time I saw one I was absolutely astonished – and delighted.
|boring back bed with new lobelias|
|berberis and hardy geraniums|
|under the willow – lilac, fern & hydrangeas|
|phormium & rudbeckias|
|bed to be replanted|
|poppies – cat sat on them?|
|winged euonymus & sea hollies|
|cornus & michaelmas daisies|
|elephant ear thingamajig|
|sisyrinchium, heucheras & hardy geranium|
|viburnum & rudbeckias|
|sweet peas in pots, smoke bush & heuchera|
|dicentra & spiraea|
|hydrangeas, fuchias & sedum lifted from bed|
|dahlia, geraniums & grasses|
have just moved the hardy geraniums to here, so they look a bit sad, but are perking up.
Tomorrow – need to go to Post Office to get passport checked/sent off, and to Boots to get some cream blusher and possibly some tinted moisturiser. Hmm. But will need a sleep in and/or a rest tomorrow after today. Then I’m out to lunch on Wednesday with ex-colleagues. Lovely.
Ok, time for dinner. Something light, I think, as I had a very nice salmon salad for lunch. Hmm. Bread roll? Toast? butter (goat)? or margarine? Hmm. Let me think . . . .