There is an obvious return of life in town. Without doubt more cars parked in the square, people in shops, people walking with their children and trains (very few) arriving at the station. I have been out a little, mostly to the shops. I actually drove 25 minutes to another town to do my shopping last week. I have also seen a few friends (at a social distance!). Hopefully, if the weather does what it is supposed to do this week, there is a possibility of sitting outside with a cuppa and tried the latest bake -rhubarb and custard cake. I sat outside with friends last week and after about 20 minutes it definitely felt a bit chilly, but we stuck it out. We are allowed to travel up to 100k but if it is out of the department we need to complete the attestation form. We can leave the house with a declaration now. The government issued face mask has arrived. I now have a couple – one home made and one manufactured. I find them a bit irritating to wear, but I’m getting used to them now.
With time on my hands, I’ve embarked on some elder flower drink production. I love elder flower cordial and some time ago came across a recipe for it. So easy. Elder flower is growing through my hedge, so I’m giving it a go. Also, a friend posted a recipe for elder flower champagne – I’m brewing that too! In for a penny……….
The garden is beginning to look more like a garden; only taken 6 years! If only the grass didn’t grow and the weeds went away. For me, it’s just trying to keep it tidy. I’m trying to add in a few small features. Main aim at the moment is to get the pagoda at the bottom of the garden done. Do you know, I had moved into this house for a few weeks before I even noticed it was there! Shows how observant I am. (It was winter when I first saw the house; well that’s my excuse). I’ve reached the point where I’ll need help to make progress with it now. Chain saws and trailers come to mind, neither of which I have.
A discovery: I have had in my mind to use a fabulous 1960’s light that I found in the grenier some time ago. Further investigation* has shown that this light is actually a designer piece and worth some money. So plan B: it’s too good to put in the garden, it doesn’t go with the house style and so I am going to sell it and buy a nice light for the pagoda. * this is the link/details I uncovered when researching the maker. https://www.vntg.com/128009/raak-hanging-lamp-in-mouth-blown-glass-with-drops-nl-1960s/