Well, wasn't that a lovely weekend? And a sunny Bank Holiday too, we have been really spoilt but I think we deserve it! It was just as well we had that extra day, as we had plenty to pack in.
The week leading up to the long weekend had been pretty unremarkable. The builders didn't show up until Friday, and while it was good for them to start it seemed a bit odd to start a job a day before a Bank Holiday weekend. I've long since learnt though that if you have a builder arrive then it's as well to put them to work, however peculiar it may seem. I'll cover what they got up to in a later post, as now things are happening it makes sense to keep all of that together.
We voted in the local elections, and felt the least informed we ever had ahead of voting. We'd not had any bumph through the door about the candidates at all, nothing. The night before I looked up our local candidates online, and while I could find their names and party, that was about it. So it all seemed a bit of a non-event, and I totally understand why some people are totally disengaged with politics, and fail to use their vote. Surely even local elections, actually especially local elections have a responsibility to engage with people in their ward?
To console ourselves we headed off for fish and chips, and it seems that many other people had the same idea as the chippy was packed. It is good though, so maybe it was that, after all.
Saturday saw us head over to Excel to visit Grand Designs. Thomas Sanderson had invited me to see their range of blinds and shutters, and as that seemed timely given the conservatory work and because I love the show, it was easy to say yes. We spent quite some time talking to the people on the Thomas Sanderson stall and learnt lots about their blinds, which if I'm honest are things I’ve not given much thought to, because, well, they’re just there aren't they?
I've lots to share from the show, and will do that over the next week or so. I’ve shared a snippet from the day over on Facebook:
Completely by mistake, we arrived at the Excel from a different angle - sometimes getting on the wrong train can work out ok! And our slight detour meant we walked across a bridge over one of the docks, and couldn’t have picked a nicer day for it. Just look at those skies!
What I did learn is that as you approach the Excel from this way, there’s some small, pretty gardens with benches in which make a much nicer spot to sit than the steps leading up to the venue, or the venue itself.
We easily walked our 10,000 steps on Saturday but it seemed that the show was smaller than in previous years. Like the Ideal Home Show, it too has dispensed with its garden room sets, or sheds, which was a shame. Although I couldn’t be too disappointed as there were six loos for me to take pictures of, and you know how much I like a good loo!
Back at home gardening was also on the task list, and after a first proper look at the garden, this weekend saw our first proper day of gardening. We made good progress, and our efforts are noticeable, which I always think is a good thing, but there is plenty more to do, and the garden list is growing rapidly.
I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to get going with the garden this year. The weather has been rubbish, but there always seems so much to do too. For a while there I lost my gardening mojo, or as I think I’ll call it my grow-jo, but I think it’s on its way back at breakneck speed. Phew.
We made a point of taking some time to sit and admire the garden too this weekend, and I’m pretty pleased with my two attempts at nibbles, and the plates too if I’m honest.
There was another small win last week too, and that’s we used the timer function in our oven successfully, which I’m sure is going to be a life changer, assuming I can get myself organised before leaving the house of a morning... trip
Sitting on the patio, I knew my first task would be to improve the immediate view, so that was my first job sorted. The amount I cut off was amazing, but eventually the shapes of the bushes started to reappear, and I remembered how much I enjoy shapes them.
The other thing I enjoyed in the garden this weekend was the laburnum, which is in full flower.
Isn’t it stunning?