From where I’m sitting I can see the sun setting across the way, and the red sky signalling yet another delightful day tomorrow, which is good news if you’re a shepherd! ‘Red Sky at Night, Shepherd’s Delight!’… just in case you think my month long incarceration at home has sent me doolally! I know, I can’t quite believe it’s been over four weeks since I last saw you, but I am finally feeling much more like myself, and so am hoping to be back at work next week.
I am very glad that so many of you felt able to add your kind messages for Amica and Beulah’s families to this blog. I have let Amica’s husband know that they are there, so that perhaps in time he will feel able to read them, and take comfort from them. I wasn’t able to get to the funeral, but spoke with Charlie and Claire afterwards, and they said a prayer for me…
Of course it’s only about six weeks before our special Breast Cancer Care evening, and this year I was asked to design a piece of jewellery which will be presented on the day. It meant a lot to me to be asked, and I very much hope you will like what I have come up with… As I haven’t seen the finished sample yet, I can’t really say much more, but our jewellery buyer has been working closely with me, and I am very pleased
This Saturday saw Picnic in the Park – an annual event takes place in Windsor in the Park, just alongside the river. Colin and The Sonny Walters Band had been booked to play there, and you couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting. The sky was blue, not a cloud in it, and everywhere there were people. Couples, families, young and old, all enjoying the wonderful weather and the amazing selection of stalls, selling all sorts from fudge to photographs, food, frocks, painted canvases and even cocktails!
Most people had brought their lunch and were lounging in the sunshine while eating their picnics. I spotted a dear little girl, dressed as a sunflower, rushing around, while her brother – dressed as a King, complete with crown – chased her. I recorded one of the songs that the band performed, which I thought you may like to hear. The drummer wasn’t able to make the date, but I think as an acoustic trio they still sounded great
We also managed to get a long-standing Anniversary Party for Colin’s cousins, and although I wasn’t up to dancing, I did get a chance to catch up with all those relatives we only get to see a couple of times a year.
Having been at home for so much of the summer has meant I have had more of a chance to be in the garden, and although we don’t have any flower beds yet, I’ve always had a collection of pots, which I have moved from house to house over the last seven years. This year, I of course grew my lilies – WELL DONE TO DALE FOR WINNING THE COMPETITION – and am also, for the first time ever, nurturing an aubergine plant that Craig gave to me.
What do you think of these beauties?! They’re growing at such a rate I’ve had to prop them up, but would be really grateful if you could give me any pointers as to how to keep them safe as they get larger?! Thank you.
Oh, and I’ve also had great results from this little orange tree (above left). I found it reduced at a garden centre way back in March and, with the help of Richard Jackson’s Flower Power (I use it on everything!), it has produced all these incredible tiny oranges, and is now in flower. The blossom smells GORGEOUS!
Actually I do need your help with this last plant (above right), as Mum gave me a cutting in the spring and neither she or I know what this pretty little plant with green berries is! Answers please if you have any idea
Once again, thank you for all your messages over this last month. I do hope I have managed to write back to all of you, as I really enjoy hearing about your lives and how things have been for you over the summer. I have a couple more hospital appointments this week, and then am hoping to be back with you next week, all things being well.
Take care and enjoy this week – the weather forecast is good yet again, although it summarised with “…feeling more autumnal by the weekend”… I guess it is September after all
With my love,