(image from apps.rhs.org.uk)
UJ came over to the lunch club and brought his tree loppers with him, so I was able to use them to cut back my lavender hedge this afternoon, in the sun, which was beautiful. I thought that the smell of the lavender might make me drowsy but I managed to stay awake and get it some of it done. I filled the brown wheely bin, and both of my compost bins with the clippings, so I left the front hedge to do in a couple of weeks when the brown bin has been emptied! My lavender is rather overgrown, like this in the RHS picture above, so it needed quite a drastic haircut. I have cut the sides, and now I have to trim the thinner top section with the secateurs. I hope it works, as the other option will only be to remove the whole lot and start again; I really don't want to go that far!
All day I felt like I was rebooting the washing machine, and I took advantage of the weather to change my bedsheets a few days ahead of schedule but the fragrance of outdoor line dried linen is well worth it.
I did spend a little time at the desk, filling in forms and sending emails to enter 20 gymnasts into a competition, and then catching up with a couple of friends who had emailed.
This afternoon, the FH and UJ sat outside and had a chinwag and I joined them for a cup of tea, then UJ came and helped me to find and repair a breach in the chook runs where a couple of breeding GPOs had escaped in to the general melee. We sorted that out, and I collected the eggs - 19 from today's laying. Making a cake for UJ to take home and one for tea used up 8, but we still have three trays to sell, so I am going to have to put a sign out on the gate tomorrow.
Tonight we had a Governors' meeting and I had a lovely surprise in that the Head and the office manager gave me a lovely plant arrangement - they are kind - they said it was in recognition of the way I have continued to support the school throughout the upheavals and problems we have had at home this year. It was such a surprise I was almost speechless, but it makes a very pretty addition to my kitchen windowsill, and I shall endeavour to keep it alive with love and water.....
Final job of the day was to pick up the EFG from Guides and drop off some old magazines to a friend as she wants them for a craft project. All that done, I am enjoying a glass of home made sloe gin and celebrating staying out of the shops today!