This week saw me hurtle from having not much to do to being out every day. Monday I met up for lunch with a friend who sadly and unexpectedly finds themselves in a similar position to me. I wasn’t trying to cheer him up, that’s a way off, just trying to help him along and give him a chance to talk about stuff. Lunch lasted a long time in a good way. Tuesday Pilates started again. Wednesday I was requested to buy three pairs of Jimmy Choos which were looking unloved in the designer agency in Malvern for the Elf. She has plans for those.Then I spent a beautiful afternoon at Croome Court where with some careful planning I squeezed in lunch and afternoon tea. Thursday (a lovely day and about 20C warmer than last Thursday) I met up for lunch with a lady I met ages ago on the train to London, then later went out for a meal in the evening. Friday I worked off some of the calories cleaning Ruby for her day out on Sunday. I washed her mats then realised the shampoo I had used had left marks, so I had to soak them, brush them and leave them to dry in the sun. They eventually dried off behind the radiator a day later. Saturday I met the Elf for a breakfast of Eggs Benedict in Birmingham followed by a Champagne tasting demonstration. We spent two hours tasting six champagnes whilst being thoroughly entertained by a very knowledgable Canadian sommelier, and left with the one we liked the best. On the way home on the train we all got kicked out at Bromsgrove and had to wait on the platform for an hour for the next one ( a problem with drivers). Fortunately it was a lovely day and the wait didn’t seem too bad. Then Sunday I was up and out at 8 with my friend Anne to go to Cotswolds Airport where we started a rally to Shelsley with the Midland Auto Club. Again, another lovely day with Ruby’s roof down. A spot of breakfast before I left, sausage bap when we got there, sunday roast at the Village Inn, Twyning ( btw stunning meal for £7.50 and very friendly) and a huge afternoon tea back at Shelsley…and I still have some cake to eat later. A week of good weather, good food and friends. I could get used to this.
There were a couple of weeks in April with not much going on for me and I needed to find something to keep me busy. I would have liked to get some gardening done but it was still cold and wet and I’m a fair weather gardener . So I thought I would do a bit of spring cleaning in the kitchen, but it soon became obvious that the kitchen was badly in need of sprucing up. So what started as spring cleaning ended up as complete redecoration and I must confess I found it quite hard work. It’s not just the painting, it’s the tidying up and moving stuff and working round my massive fridge that doesn’t move far because it’s connected to water. But I did it and I’m very pleased with what I got done. It doesn’t look very different but it’s two shades of pale grey now and it is lovely and clean. The radiator still needs doing but that won’t take long.
I did have a brief diversion when I should have been working to see Duncan in London. I caught the train and we met up at Kew Gardens. We managed to pluck a gorgeous day out of thin air quite by chance, so we could enjoy a day in the sun.
It is a geographical fact that if you stand on top of the Malvern Hills and look east, the next things you reach that is at your height are the Ural Mountains in Russia. So you can imagine the mess our recent “Beast from the East” versions 1,2 and 3 have made of my front window. But I was reluctant to clean it until I thought the worst had passed. Today was the day. I started by perching on the window sill with a feeble grip on the sash window to support me, but I heard that voice in my head, “What have I told you about doing stupid things on your own. Get the ladders out and stop being a prat”. He’s was quite right, he often was, very annoying. Even with the ladders it’s still hard work and I have another bigger bay window to clean round the corner. But I did them, then did the insides. I’m guessing today’s weather won’t last.
It seems like Winter still isn’t ready to release its grip on us, so although I have a lot of jobs to do in the garden, it’s been too cold or wet or both to get on with it. So this week I was out and about visiting people. First friends in Halesowen then on to see Worth’s mum for Sunday lunch out. The Elf came to stay on Friday and the following day we had a Keepers Day at a small zoo.I was out for lunch on Sunday and then again Monday, this time in Bridgnorth where we had a very pleasant cream tea with a pot of Nilgiri tea by the Cliff Railway. Today, Tuesday, I actually managed to get some gardening done and didn’t freeze in the process. Things are looking up.