It has been quite a morning, and I am feeling tired, but good. Hubby was feeling tired and exhausted, so wasn’t up to having lunch and has had a nap instead.
I cut the front lawn. It was looking tufty and annoyingly untidy, and it only takes about 20 minutes as it’s not a big area. Our little mower is still going, and for the £41 we paid for it just under three years ago, we have definitely got value for money.
I set myself up and set to, then discovered one of two ants nests so sorted them out.
I tend to cut in half widths, so that the grass actually gets a swipe in both directions as I overlap.
I’d done about a three foot width when a fellow dog walker went by who I haven’t seen for a while, and when I did she didn’t have her dog. Turns out they’ve been on holiday in their caravan and the dog is fine.
I’d done two more passes when a lady down the road was walking by and stopped to chat. She’s in her 70s and lives alone, though her brother lives about a mile away and visits often. She isn’t well, and says she’s been finding it lonely so has started to go out for a walk on nice days. We saw her walk past our house six times one day and when I was walking the dog in the afternoon and saw her again, I asked if everything was OK. She said it was, but she was getting forgetful and couldn’t remember doing things.
I managed three swipes and another neighbour who lost his wife at Easter went by. He stopped to discuss my technique and that I might be worth hiring. The post van came by with parcel for him so had he not stopped, he would have missed his delivery. He’s doing OK, and was on his way to visit a friend who lives two roads away.
I got into a rhythm then and did 6 more passes before another acquaintance passed, but didn’t stop apart from saying Hi. He’s partially deaf and doesn’t wear his hearing aids when he goes out so whenever we see him we get a wave and a Hi as he marches on by.
Someone else went by on her mobility scooter and she stopped too. Her brother came over for Christmas last year from Australia and hasn’t managed to get back yet. Looks like he might be here for this one too! He does all her shopping for her so she doesn’t get out as much as she used to!
In all, it took me over an hour to do our front patch, but I’m pleased with the results, and also pleased to pass the time of day with people who might not get the chance to chat with anyone else today.
Meanwhile out back, Hubby is digging up the first of our potatoes. These cost us absolutely nothing as they were ones that started to sprout indoors. We have four or five areas in rotation so we should be OK for spuds for the rest of the year. Hubby plans to build some more raised beds for the next plantings so that we can rotate our produce.
As always, we had a casualty, and the biggest potato of the lot got speared with the fork, so I had that for my dinner with some peppers, a carrot, onion, garlic and green beans.
I can’t call this a jacket potato because there was little skin left on it after Hubby scrubbed it, but it tasted delicious, and you can add half as many again to the bowl on the right as we gave some to the lady on the mobility scooter on her way back from getting her paper.
I had a dessert today too, a nectarine and kiwi fruit salad with yogurt and a sprinkling of granola
Add a walk in the park first thing where we saw very few people so could let Maggie off, another walk round the block after lunch and so far, it’s been a really good day!