Monday, May 09, 2011

One swallow doesn't make a relationship

We've finally(!) had a drop of rain. OK, then, a torrential downpour, but it's the first we've had since the beginning of April. We've been lucky with the bank holiday weather and took advantage to loll around the garden awhile. Taking care to ignore the neglects of Winter, when I was a bit preoccupied.


The damson, cherries and pears have all flowered and the scent of the rowan has gone over from fishy stickiness to bletted wonder. By the looks of things we'll be well-stocked with blackcurrants and cherries and the first few figs are happily swelling up. The borders are chockablock with hardy geraniums and iris and the shrubs are thick with sparrows, goldfinches and dunnock. We also seem to be hosting nestboxes full of great and blue tits and a blackcap has taken ownership of the sycamore on the railway embankment.

So there I've been, sitting around on the patio, sipping tea and reading The Hotspur. Meanwhile, the Small Object of Desire and Moon of My Delight has been chopping up the firewood and the garden is full of birdsong.

Life is pretty good at the moment.

13 comments:

lisleman said...

so when do you move from the tea to the hard stuff? in the summer?
too bad Americans don't call their lawns gardens because then I could say I was tending the garden which sounds better than cutting the lawn.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Blimey, Kev, do you live in an orchard?? I'm having to grow my redcurrents as cordons due to lack of space. And figs?? Well done on the life thing, I couldn't be happier for you.

libby said...

That all sounds lovely...long may it continue for you.

Pat said...

Like I always say: 'Everything comes to he who waits.'
Enjoy!

Madame DeFarge said...

Sounds lovely. But never leave a woman alone with an axe. Could be dangerous....

Nota Bene said...

In response to Madame deFarge. My advice is always leave alone a woman with an axe

Lulu LaBonne said...

Leave a woman alone with several axes and she'll show you how wel she can juggle!

Scarlet Blue said...

...but two swallows means MARRIAGE.
Sx

Kevin Musgrove said...

lisleman: I've been off the hard stuff for a while now, despite the library's best efforts to turn me to strong drink. (If you place a plant pot at the corner of the lawn furthest from the house it immediately qualifies as a garden. Pot plant optional.)

Ta Gadjo. It's not that big a garden, but I always say that if there's not a lot of space the only way is up.

And ta to libby and that nice Pat.

Madame de Farge, Nota Bene and Lulu illustrate one of the pressing issues of our times.

Scarlet: behave or I'll twang your stays.

nursemyra said...

Photos?

Syncopated Eyeball said...

It's good to hear you sounding so content, Kevin. Good for you, mate.

Kevin Musgrove said...

nursemyra: I've sent you the link.

Eyeball: ta!

nursemyra said...

Thank you! Your flowers and photos are superb