The weather has been stunning. Sunny warm days and clear blue skies. Perfect gardening days, and the garden centres are full of people and the recession seems to be a long way away. (Unless you listened to the Budget for the UK today - totally depressing, let me tell you.)
Back to the garden centres. A friend and I popped along to visit the brand new Garden Centre which has opened in the next village, on Monday, and it was a total delight. Especially when we discovered that the restaurant areas (indoors with lovely leather couches, in an atrium, and outside on lawns) are all waiter service. Sigh. This is very rare here in the UK, let me tell you, and I just love it. It makes going out for coffee a real treat. Not to mention the fruit scones just out of the oven. I do believe I will become a regular. A very regular visitor.
I am old enough to remember a time when all restaurants had waiter service, and self-service was a new fangled idea. And now, given that I am walking with either a crutch or a stick, balancing a tray at the same time is a non starter. So this was a lovely discovery. Perfect for all our mothers as well, as we discussed while sipping our coffee. On the couches.
This garden centre also has a wonderful butchery and fresh produce market, and their cheese counter is amazing. The plants aren't bad either! So that was great. So great that I was back there again this morning with another friend for more coffee and another fruit scone. It is my civic duty to spread the word, after all. Never mind the spreading of the hips.
My seeds are all growing beautifully. My little greenhouse is full of green things, and so are the window-sills in the house as well. I do love spring. And, the apple tree is now covered with blossom. So the outside is doing just fine. Indoors is another matter altogether.
Diana is arriving soon for a few weeks holiday, and I would actually like her to be able to walk in the door and think that the house was nice and organised. Mind you, she may just think she is in the wrong place if that were to happen. Everywhere I look, I see things which need to be done. I need a cleaning lady. It is just impossible for me to climb onto the counters and clean the top of the windows and other such things. But I have to say that cleaning ladies would also refuse to do those things too.
I just have too much stuff. Stuff. It is everywhere. So I look at it in the morning, and then hobble outside and play with the plants instead. I really need to have a plan. Maybe I should finish reading that book I got ages ago - From Clutter to Clarity. I think I read a chapter and then sort of got distracted. I clearly need the discipline, and a whole lot of clarity if I want to lose some of the clutter.
Oh well. Tomorrow is another day, and guess what....it is going to be sunny yet again!