I was out in the garden early this morning, before the FH was up, and I removed all the staging from the greenhouse so that I could get the tomatoes planted - I know - rather late! Sixteen plants are ranged along one side, and the four cucumber plants are facing them, with two of them already producing cucumbers. They are Telegraph, and we had them last year - they produced some lovely fresh-tasting cucumbers and we loved them. I also have another variety in pots, nowhere near as advanced, which I think produce a gherkin-like cucumber which I hope to be able to use to make bread-and-butter-pickles which I have seen on Rhonda's blog at Down to Earth [in the blogroll]. With the planting out of more tomatoes in an outdoor bed and the planting of another batch of dwarf beans in a trough, I was working up quite a perspiration and had to hit the shower.
The piano tuner has been in this morning, and he is a lovely chap, but decided not to tune it after all as it sounded great - so he stayed all morning for a chat! I just had to get on around him, as I didn't have the time to sit and listen to him and the FH chatting about the people they both knew in various local brass bands, and the steam train trips they have been on! When he left, we decided to have lunch.
This afternoon, I popped in to the chapel group for an hour but ended up just chatting as the crochet wouldn't work for me today, despite help with a new magic circle technique from one of the other ladies. Needs more practising, I think! When I got home, the EFG had opened a letter from the Passport people to say that they needed our marriage certificate as further evidence....cue a dash to the Post Office to get that off to them quick smart. I understand it now, but I wish they had indicated in the first instance that it would be necessary - as the EFG was born shortly before we got married, they needed evidence that the name on the birth certificate was my maiden name, I suppose!
I have had a look at various websites today for some water butts - I would really love some of those big tanks which the Suffolksmallholder has got in her pictures, but we can't find a supply of those locally.....
Tonight the YFG has had her piano lesson, and we came home to carry on with the gardening and other things - I am preparing a service for Sunday, reading applications ready for a shortlisting meeting at school tomorrow for new TAs, and the ironing keeps winking at me, as if to say, "I'm still here!"
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