Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Weddings and gardens......

It may rain on Friday. This is not good. The sun needs to shine for the Royal Wedding. In the early hours of this morning, there was a rehearsal - the carriages, and the soldiers, and all the rest. I woke up really early and switched on the news and watched a while. Something different for the early commuters to watch!

Jean and I went off to drop more things at the charity village this morning and stayed for coffee and carrot cake. The oil seed rape is in flower everywhere, and I keep forgetting to take my camera with me when I go out - it is beautiful - so bright and yellow, and with the blue skies and sun, and the mayflower in the hedgerows all in flower at the moment, travelling through the countryside is just lovely. This looks like England, if you know what I mean. Green. Sheep and lambs in the fields. Cows grazing. Sigh. It really is lovely.

So I came home, and went straight out into the garden to potter. I have now lost the ability to move. I had things to plant out, even though I would normally wait a few more weeks - the plants are now so huge, and have to be planted, so we will see if they survive. Hopefully there will be no frosts. Water restrictions seem inevitable unless the rains come. After Friday.

So, in another frugal move, I am emptying the bath water into the water butts. Having David home to run up and down the stairs with buckets is very useful. We will not consider what happens when he goes back to uni. I can't work out a way to siphon the stuff out of the window yet. Our water is metered, so re-using it should save money too.

In answer to your question, Vee, yes, I take down the eggs from the trees and put away the Easter things, but leave out the spring ones. So the trees now have birds and butterflies and flowers on them. The bunnies are back in their boxes! The colours stay in the house - the spring colours. I change to summer at the end of May.

So....... what are you all doing on Friday? Are you watching the wedding? Having a party? People all over the country are apparently having street parties - Jean is having a garden party in the afternoon, and there will be scones and cake, no doubt, and bunting up as well. It is a public holiday here. It is fun to watch with friends, I must say. My friend in NZ and I may well skype so we can discuss The Dress.

I love weddings. I really hope it is a wonderful day for William and Kate, and that their marriage is long and happy. I also wish his mother could have been here to see her son marry his love.

I will be back.....

9 comments:

Anne said...

I'm having the same planting dilemma, all mine have grown so well but I daren't plant them out yet, not in this part of the country.

I'll be watching on Friday, I do love a "bit of a do" and all the parades. What can I say, I'm a Pomp and Circumstance kind of girl!

Kelli said...

Although I stayed up all night in 1981 to watch the last big wedding, this time I am recording it all and will watch it once I get up. By then they will have been married and will be partying it up with friends. But yes, I am completely mesmerized by all the news this week about the wedding. I am not too proud to admit it.

Needled Mom said...

I am absolutely watching the wedding. We all need some "happy" news. Then for dinner I am preparing bangers and mash!!! They have all sorts of recipes over here as they try to figure out that groom's cake. I even saw a recipe in the paper this week for an engagement cake - blueberries surrounded by sparkling meringue (like the ring).

They do say that rain on your wedding day is suppose to be good luck, but I hope it doesn't rain.

Vee said...

Oh then your tree is still out and looking lovely. Good. I need to come up with some butterflies and bees and flowers of some sort. It's not as if I don't have plenty of branches about.

No, I'll not be waking at 4 in the morning to watch. I will, however, be very curious to watch replays and to see what the dress will be like.

From all I've heard (oh all right, yes, I have been listening to some of the hype), the wedding dress will be tightly fitted at the waist to show off Kate's beautiful figure and her arms and neckline will be covered in lace. The skirt will flare ever so slightly and the train will not be nearly as long as Diana's was. She'll wear an elegant veil, hair down, tiara atop. Her favorite flowers are lilies so she'll carry those. We shall all see won't we? I do hope that this young couple will have a long and happy marriage. It seems as if they are well suited to one another and that they are friends. Hopefully, it goes without saying that they love one another.

Whatever you do, I know that you'll all have a fun day, rain or no rain. It'll be a grand celebration! And, of course, I hope that you'll share your opinions of it all.

Midlife Mom said...

Arghhhhhh! Blogger just ate my comment!!!! I will wait and see if it turns up.....

Linda said...

That is exactly the way I picture England Linds. I hope you can get a picture :-)
I wish all those same things Linds.
I am going to watch. I am a romantic at heart, and I love every minute of this.
We are praying for rain too, but I do hope it doesn't rain on the wedding day in London!

Dawn said...

I just hope they have a happy life together. Unlike his poor mom.

Tee said...

Yes, I'll watch this wedding, even though I will have to get up at 4:00 am. I got up and watch Charles and Diana's wedding and I was working then. In fact, I still have the video. I wish them a long and happy life together.

Becky said...

I'm loving the idea that I'm sitting here watching the wedding in the same time zone as you. I love all the pageantry and ceremony. When Diana and Charles got married, I got up at 4:00 in the morning and watched it for 5 hours!