Hasn’t it ever! You go away for a couple of days and the whole place fast-forwards half a season. It did the same thing last month when we went to Deniliquin for the weekend – the blossom had BLOSSOMED and now it feels more like summer than not and there’s colour everywhere you look.
Brilliant me forgot the lessons of last year: that my seeds HATE this seed-raising mix and start off too slow. I’m behind, again, and it’s already driving me nuts. I want tomatoes, goddammit!
As for gardens who are run by people with half a clue (or have been there for decades), it’s a spring wonderland out there. Some of the brilliant yellow wattle is still around, often next to the deep red-and-green of the bottlebrush.
Blue flowers, red flowers, pink flowers, yellow flowers, orange flowers… just about every colour flower you can think of is currently represented in massive bushes in sunny gardens. Wandering the streets is even more enjoyable than usual, and the horse chestnuts have finally re-leaved. There’s no going back now.
Well, to be fair garden-wise I’ve been a bit distracted, what with the royal shenanigans of the last few days. Thursday was spent standing from the crack of dawn along the road that leads to Government House in the hopes of a Hazza sighting, and Friday to Sunday was spent with Beth attempting to document a full tour on minimal advance info. Often we just had to show up and hope for the best! (PS did you see Beth has opened a new online store called Add to Cart of all her favourite things? She has impeccable taste, so of course it’s going to be top-notch. I bought this and OF COURSE these. Go check it out! Perfect in time for Christmas shopping).
Yesterday of course, was the back-to-reality day: grocery shopping, folding the washing, cooking the dinner, cleaning the toilet, clearing the rabbit hutch… you know, all the minutiae of keeping a household going especially after you’ve been away.
The upcoming week hopefully won’t be as busy, although I have a bit to get through computer-wise, and a dinner on Thursday night for Bupa where I’ll get to see some very dear friends flying in for it. I’m excited about that (and food, I’m always excited about food), and Biggie’s assembly performance this Friday, which entails her WHOLE CLASS dancing to Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights. Have I ever told you how much I love this school?!
Book club this month is to read whatever you want (and I’m dead keen to see what everyone’s chosen), and I’m just about to announce November’s pick. Can you believe we are so close to November?! I think we might take December off, what with Christmas and folks travelling and stuff. I’m sure there’ll be plenty read anyway.
Anyway, having said all this it’s set to be a cooler day today after all and so probably a good time to rearrange the garden and save my tomato plants. And bake a banana cake. Meghan would want me to.
I remain, as ever,
Your friendly neighbourhood Veggie Mama who once shook Prince Harry’s hand.