Saturday 22nd May
Saturday 22nd May

Saturday 22nd May

Never thought I’d be so pleased to see a patch of blue sky. I’ve put seedlings out and brought them in, popped them back out and brought them in again. The grass is super long but at no point, for two weeks, has it been close to dry enough to mow and we bought some outside loungy chairs which we’ve sat on once! First world problems, I know, but I say once again, I couldn’t help being overjoyed to see a patch of blue sky and white clouds for a change. But then, if you read back through the blogs, at one point I might have been worried about the scarcity of rain! Mmmmm! This year we just don’t seem able to win.

Like many, we have also postponed a holiday from last year, and it never occurred to us there would still be restrictions or the very real possibility of losing the money. We live in a world that is less predictable, seemingly more extreme. I’m not a great gardener. My maxim has always been, I’ll plant it and see what happens. I take advice and spare plants from the good friends that are great gardeners but constantly the rules are subtly changing. “Don’t plant it now, though the chance of frosts has probably passed, give it a little longer in the house. These ought to be thriving, but they are not. I lost a marigold to the weather!”

Climate change, a global pandemic – neither of which should have been a surprise but they are definitely changing our lives. So I am going to make a pair of sailors trousers from the patch of blue sky I can see and enjoy a moment of certainty, even if that certainty is that it will probably rain later.

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