Saturday, 24 August 2013
Saturday: home, sweet home.
It's very nice to be home again. I'm a right home-body by nature as well as by nurture and I love my cosy, comfortable little home and my productive little garden. After the initial sadness at leaving Streele Farm subsided and after the journey was over and done, I have been very content and relaxed.
I wasn't looking forward to the drive. I don't enjoy driving in the way that I used too - too much of a worrier, I guess - and the M25 can be a right pig of a motorway. Yesterday, however, we just sailed through. No problems around Tunbridge Wells, no problems getting onto the motorway, only the normal hold up at the Dartford crossing (I noticed that 'they' were rationing access to the tunnels in order to keep a steady flow the other side - I've not noticed that before) and no problems north of the tunnel either. I couldn't have wanted for an easier journey. We left after nine and got to Beth's around 11 after taking things (and speed) at a comfortable rate.
I was glad it was an easy journey for Beth's sake too. After a week with a niggling tooth, it flared up on Thursday evening and she got precious little sleep overnight. She had been going to do the drive back but, of course, that was out of the question. After a stop at Rotherfield chemist for some co-codomol and some clove oil (both of which worked a treat) it all seemed to settled down a bit and she brightened up noticeably, thank goodness. Not an infection, I suspect, but something that definitely needs seeing to fairly quickly before it turns into one! Clove oil is really old fashioned but it had an almost instant effect. I've never used it but I'm thinking I ought to get some in, just in case.
Once home, after a nice chat with Sonja and Milli, I popped out into the garden and picked enough runner beans to last several meals, a couple of handfuls of tomatoes and noted that there are loads of radishes and salad leaves just waiting to grace my salad bowl. Good-oh!
The leeks are coming on brilliantly and the broccoli also shows promise! Everything has been well watered and is flourishing, thanks to Sonja and Milli's loving care!
I have just waved goodbye to them. They're off on their travels again, departure being delayed by the heaviest rain I have seen in a very long time. It was sheeting down: no weather to load up a car with luggage, let alone drive. It's settled down again now and at least the garden has received a much needed deluge. Now let's hope it clears up before I need to go into town to collect my new glasses! Fingers crossed!