Thursday, April 24, 2008
herself is rather overwhelmed today. more accurately she is rather overwhelmed by plants. the day started well. herself drove my boy to meet his taxi, then took my lady friend and i for a lovely romp in the woods. from there things began to unravel. this morning was herself's gardening job, so we pootled along to our friends' house. these are the friends who have been babysitting our fish in a water butt while a pond was constructed at the new house. they have also been babysitting a variety of plants from the old house which are destined for the new garden, and the peeps' trailer. so this morning, before attacking a rather prickly shrub with a saw, herself hitched up the trailer and loaded as many of the plants as she could cram into it.
she turned her attention to the pruning and swiftly created an area that looked like the amazonian rain forest after the lumberjacks had been. my lady friend and i amused ourselves by turning circles at high speed on the rather nice lawn. while my lady friend has longer legs and is much faster on the straight, i am pretty good at a wheelspin, so i tend to outsmart her. after a while herself looked up at the sky. it had got very dark. suddenly rain poured down. my lady friend and i were swiftly bundled into the car and we headed off home, followed very closely by the trailer.
our new house is in a narrow street where you can only park on one side. there were no spaces. herself parked up at the end of the road on the yellow lines and unhitched the trailer. by now the rain was a deluge. she staggered down to our house and unsuccessfully tried to roll the trailer up the kerb. when it is empty the trailer is quite easy to manage. when it is full it is not. herself tried a couple more times. a queue of traffic built up. however, due to the deluge no-one offered to help. my lady friend and i watched helplessly from the back of the car. a truck containing two burly men turned round and went off to find another route. just then a kind neighbour came over and helped herself to pull the trailer up to safety.
a cup of tea and a change of clothes cheered herself up and she went off to work for the afternoon. she does not normally work on a thursday but she had to make up some time from earlier in the week. when she came home, it was to find more chaos. herself has a plastic greenhouse where she plants seeds. last weekend she spent a happy hour or so planting seeds for things to eat later in the year. but mother nature had snatched up the greenhouse and flung it on the floor. earth was everywhere. herself was miffed. but being a positive sort of person she got the dustpan and brush, swept up the earth and put it back into the trays. the greenhouse is now tied to the drainpipe so next time we have a high wind she will have to fix that as well as the greenhouse. and the seeds are all muddled up with each other, so lettuces will be shoulder to shoulder with spinach. at least all the plants in there are edible ones...