Good morning. It felt a bit warmer yesterday when I woke but through the day if felt colder again and I ended up turning up the heating. I think maybe I am getting more than a little snowflak-ish (or the reverse) about feeling cold! I did add extra layers but even so . . .
I got myself down to the allotment and, as always, stayed longer than I expected, but it was because there were such loads of raspberries and runner beans to pick, plus two courgettes and a big bunch of sweet peas. Lovely.
The dwarf French beans are flowering and the autumn cropping broad beans are also doing nicely. They've nearly all come up and are growing well. More lovely.
Not so lovely is that the broad beans have got blackfly. One of them has, at any rate and where one leads, others will follow. Frustratingly, I was out of bug spray at the allotment so I had to come home, wait for Matt to arrive and then go down again with my spray from the shed.
Matt? Well, the other day I noticed a damp patch on the working surface under the boiler. I thought it was splashes. On Thursday, there was more so I wiped it up and spread a cloth under and, sure enough, it was damp after a few hours. When I looked more closely, there was a piece of chipboard to the side of the boxing in that was damp and swollen. So - emergency call to Matt who asked for photos and turned up at lunchtime yesterday (I am so lucky to have a plumber who is not only extremely good but also prepared to turn up and help like this). It was just a piece of rubber-like piping that was easily replaced so now that corner has to dry out but it should be absolutely fine.
Matt departed with my profound thanks and a nice big bag of runner beans and I went and sprayed the broad beans.
A few photos which I think are self-explanatory really.
Today is going to be quiet. I don't think I will be seeing Beth but that's OK because tomorrow and Tuesday we are having two girly things. More about that tomorrow.
I do have to go into town in the morning to the hearing aid chap so my aids can be serviced. Depending on the weather and also how crowded town is, I might take a stroll around. I can't remember ever going into town on a Sunday and maybe the vibes are different.
Watering down the allotment is a definite and picking more runner beans is too. Apart from that, I think I will just do nice things that make me happy.
And catch up with all the blogs I follow - I'm a bit behind!
How about you? xx