We know about all that and, given the weather we have had of late, today may even be a bit of a freak. But we did see our first swallow of the year, the sun is shining (only 13°C but the sun is quite warm), the land was dry enough for me to cut the grass, a couple of engineers from France Telecom came and replaced the broken cable, the birds are singing, the buzzards are calling and frogs can be heard in the pond down the road (and practically no other sounds). In short, a glorious day.
Our Dutch friend, Carin, was here for the weekend. Before she came she asked if there was anything she could bring us from Holland. Some small fruit bushes or flowers would be nice, said we. Bless her heart, she brought us Redcurrant, Gooseberry, Kiwi, Blackberry and Tayberry bushes, three rose bushes and two climbers – oh, and 225 assorted bulbs as well as a couple of indoor plants. We also have a batch of wild flower seeds we need to put in, as well as vegetables to get started. Guess what we shall be doing for the next couple of days.
We have been keeping an eye on the trees and shrubs we have already planted and I am very happy to report that most are showing new buds; the Cherry and Mirabelle are definitely showing green ready to burst out but, well in the lead, the leaves are appearing on the Apricot! It is going to be fascinating to watch the trees develop during the spring and summer.
I had a call from the electrician who visited a week or so ago to look at the bathroom job. He is planning to come and do the installation next Friday and Saturday, 30th and 31st March. If he can’t complete it then, he will come along the following weekend to finish it off. I hope he can do it in the one weekend. We have some special visitors the following weekend, and although Casper is a very nice, friendly man with good command of English, we won’t be able to be quite as relaxed with a tradesman working in the house.
I’m afraid there is no chance that Rik will have the decking done by then. Pity.
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