How are you all? Well, I hope and having a few outings and visits from family and friends? We are still being very cautious. I actually went into a supermarket for something I forgot to get via my online delivery but I’m not going to make a habit of that. I was pleased, though, to see everyone wearing a mask.
Last week, and throughout this week, we have been going for a very short trip in the car to Lewes to water the plants in my daughter’s garden while they’re away for a fortnight’s holiday staying with my son-in-law’s parents who live by the sea in West Sussex.
This is part of their front garden which now has several large pots with tomatoes, peas and sunflowers. This is south facing so this area gets really hot.
We are going to their place every other day but, oh my word, when we arrive the pots are rather dry with the plants drooping and looking a bit miserable. They should, really, be watered every day.
We aren’t watering any of the plants in the back garden as roots should be encouraged to go deep.
I love their garden as it’s not over gardened and is natural and a bit wild. They hold very strong beliefs in not using any weedkillers or any chemicals on their garden and aim to protect nature and the environment as far as they can to the extent that they don’t cut the grass all that much. In fact if you faced their front garden with your back to the house the slope up to the street, instead of being manicured for ‘curb appeal’, is just grass waving in the breeze left untouched for a year at a time. This attracts butterflies during the day and moths at night and they’ve seen the count of those increase exponentially. I applaud their stance – good for them.
I was more of gardener that liked do a lot of ‘gardening’ albeit that I aimed for the managed bed of flowers that looked like it was natural but wasn’t. And here below is my last garden where I think I really achieved that look of managed wildness.
Here below is the garden at an earlier stage.
You probably think, oh wow, she must miss all that. Well, no, because unfortunately I went through a garden desensitising experience. The story is we had a much loved dog.
This is Cassie, a Blue Merle cross mutt who was just lovely. And we had a cat.
This is Soda, who we got with a sister we called Whisky, who sadly met her end on a busy road in a previous house we owned. This was so sad because Whisky and Soda were inseparable and would sleep entwined together – you couldn’t distinguish which paw belonged to which cat! But amazingly, soon after Whisky’s death Soda and Cassie slept on the same sofa cuddled up together.
But long story and short, much beloved pets pass on, so no dog and cat. And that, people, is when cats from elsewhere came to crap. Yup, you can’t unsay it, that’s what happened. And I did everything, you name a cure for that, I did it, but those b….ed cats never took the slightest notice. For two long years, every day I was out there picking it up, and then think about what happens if you go away for two weeks…… It really put me off that beautiful garden and I didn’t want to go in it any more. So, it’s quite enough now to have a balcony and my walks by the sea.
At the beginning of this week, a reminder came up in my phone diary that we were going on a cruise on Friday. Are we heck! It was cancelled months ago and I’m not even thinking of booking another until I know there is a vaccine and a successful one at that. I was OK and didn’t feel too down or sad about this, but oh boy, when this unpleasantness is all over am I going to have fun booking holidays – lots of them!
Meanwhile here are two dresses I might take with me. These are the dresses that I bought at Outfit@Emmaus so am pleased to say they cost nothing much.
The first is a dress that is much shorter than I usually wear and, if I’m going to wear it I’ll put some fake tan on my legs as they don’t often see the light of day and are rather pale!
I tried to accessorise the dress with a necklace but it took away the focus on that neat sweetheart neckline, which is rather nice. Rather pleased with this dress, especially as it cost all of £6.
And here’s my £5 dress. Actually, I think it’s not a cruise dress but one I shall wear around and about in the hot weather.
In fact, I shall definitely wear the dress over the next few days as it’s going to be warm for the UK, reaching 32C (89.6F) in parts of the country. Here in Brighton one of my weather apps is forecasting 30C – that’s a scorcher for us and like most Brits we will complain about the heat a lot, although I bet you the beach will be packed and simply heaving with people. I do hope there are no ramifications from that. This month I shall make sure I see one or two friends (in gardens with no other people) before restrictions are tightened again.
That’s all for now. Have a great week 🙂
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper