My week this week: Discovery

It's been a week full of discoveries for me, one I've already written about and that's what was on the other side of the fence in the Flower Garden at Greenwich Park. Curiosity got the better of me; while I could see some of the flowers as I walked past, the echinacea were completely hidden so were a lovely surprise.  

Its been another hot one, hasn't it? Our squash rate for bitey-things in the garden continues to soar as we hone our skills and reflexes. MOH is still getting the brunt of the bites, but thankfully they don't seem quite as bad as before. I'm writing this sat in the garden and it's unusually so, so quiet and its lovely. 

It's been warm at work too and lunchtimes have been spent outside and in the shade. My office doesn't have air conditioning, which has been hard work at times. But with some adjustment - mine and opening the door and window, it hasn't been quite as bad as I thought it might be. Even on the hottest of days. 

We've been spending a lot of time outside and have just finished a barbecue of venison loin chops, red peppers, endives and potatoes and onions from the allotment along with a blackberry sauce I had in the freezer. Earlier in the week I wasn't sure this would happen as our barbecue was playing up.

Last weekend we replaced the gas cylinder, but then the gas regulator stopped working, so after some hasty Internet shopping a new one was sourced, ordered, delivered and fitted and we're back cooking on gas. Yay! When it's this warm we avoid cooking in the kitchen at all, if we can, so it's been good to get it working again. 

Another discovery this week has been some photos I thought were lost. While looking for something else - isn't that always the way? - I found photos from our trips and holidays in 2010 and 2011. This included a trip to York, a day out at Brogdale, walking around Dersingham Bog and our two weeks in Pisa and the Cinque Terre in Italy, so it was a great rediscovery to make. 

There's lots more too, so even when I wasn't blogging I took lots of photos, who knew! The photo below is from the Cinque Terre and is graffiti on one of the tunnelled walkways linking the towns. Given the disaster they're currently experiencing in Italy it seemed an appropriate one to share. And a timely discovery; and yes, eventually I found what I was looking for. 

CINQUE TERRE, SEPTEMBER 2011

CINQUE TERRE, SEPTEMBER 2011

And in slightly more mundane news, MOH found a replacement toilet seat for the small scale Italian toilet in our bathroom. It's had a wobble for a while but now the new one is here and has been fitted. And thank goodness for neighbours who are in during the day, this week he's been a godsend. And he even delivered the collection of parcels he amassed on our behalf...

How's your week been?