Weíve invested (heavily) in new garden furniture this week. Weíve bought a really swanky teak table, chairs and parasol for the patio and itís all set up and raring to go. Itís so swanky that there is a granite Ďlazy susaní in the middle of the table so we donít even have to lift up the Apple Mac to pass it to the other person, just swivel the Ďlazy susaní and she does the rest. Itís funny how such a simple design can give such a huge amount of pleasure. Weíve both been playing with it since David set it all up while I was at work on Wednesday, when it was delivered. This photo is of a gorgeous hanging candle lamp set that my little sister, Jan bought me for Christmas and it goes on the new table a treat. Thanks Jan.
Itís unseasonably cold here, in fact, we may even have frost tonight. The forecast is 3ļ c (wahay, for anyone whoís seen my earlier struggles with degree signs thatís a firstÖ.Iíve discovered it only works with the dedicated numerical pad not the numbers on the top of the qwerty bit) and of course thatís cold enough for frost. Iím sitting here freezing despite the sun being out. Thatís also very unusual because Iím so hot-blooded that I am almost never cold. David says sleeping with me is like sleeping with a furnaceÖ..and thatís not a reference to our hot sex life either!
We forced ourselves to sit out and have a cup of coffee at the table earlier but it wasnít really much of a pleasure because the cold is biting.
The courgette (zucchini) plants and beans were nearly planted out today before I saw the forecast for tonight, - Iím glad I didnít get to them because if I had done, I would be charging round like a mad thing now, fleecing them over, trying to protect them. Iíd been planning to do some planting but got up late and had run out of day before I knew it!
Where is the mild weather so we can make use of this new stuff? It seems to have been cold and wet here for ever. I want to be able to eat breakfast outside, as well as lunch and supper. By this time last year we were enjoying hot weather in abundance. Before Davidís trip to Le Mans weíd spent weeks eating in the garden, mind you that could have had something to do with the state of the kitchen. The rest of the house too was filled with rubble and brick dust as it was this time last year that we were living in a building site while walls were being knocked down and the kitchen was being gutted.
I have visions of us laying back in our new chairs (with cushions) and watching the bats and stars while Otis Redding croons away in the background but to do that tonight weíd need our thermal knickers on so I think instead weíll set the fire for its last blaze of the winter and curl up on the sofa with a glass or three of the red stuff.
One day weíll see some warmth, Iím sure! (Possibly not till 2005 though at this rate.)