Another weekend, another relaxing pleasant time. And more productive than I intended – the weather was so delightful and the garden so in need of tidying that I couldn’t resist pottering around doing odd bits and pieces. As a result the terrace outside the kitchen is a really nice place to sit (once the sun goes around a bit – the back of our house faces due south, which is wonderful but in this weather too hot to use), as is a small table and chair around the side of the house (shady when the kitchen terrace is too hot), and I even made a start on the seemingly mammoth task of weeding and clearing the border.
I’m really enjoying this making of weekends different from weekdays, and am finding it so important. An enjoyable pattern has emerged: Friday night culture (there are so many online theatrical performances, concerts and operas to enjoy, and if we run out of these there are always films to download); our Sunday morning virtual coffee-morning trip; daily walks; usually a family zoom date; and generally pottering or sitting around doing things we enjoy. And along the way making a mental list of things to be done in the week to come.
To pick out a few things from this weekend:
- we belatedly celebrated a family birthday on zoom, and an older relative felt able to join us for the first (but I hope not last) time. We were impressed by how well they took it in their stride (and I think they were too)
- our Sunday morning ‘trip’ was to Delft, a place we we’ve recently fallen in love with. As usual, Malcolm put together a photo show with a suitable sound track, and I was able to come up with a very appropriate treat to go with our coffee – some stroopwafels that I came across in our local coop. Rather good in fact.
- gardening and working (or should that be playing?) in the allotment – so much joy to be had there, and I’m learning a lot about plant propagation and good care
- a walk to take some surplus eggs to a friend who lives alone, and sitting chatting with her in her garden – a rare treat for us both (suitably distanced, of course)
Some photos of Delft for you to enjoy (all Malcolm’s work). Maybe they’ll give you a sense of why we like it so much.
Another week in lockdown starts tomorrow. I hope you’re well, and stay that way.
See you tomorrow!