Yesssssss! I woke to the distinctive snick! snick! of a lady trimming a substantial ceanothus this morning, and, struggling into some duds, dashed out and now have the number of my next door neighbours’ gardeners, who really are a lovely gang of ladies and do an absolutely super job next door. I hope I can afford just a couple of hours or so a month, to keep my beds in order so that I don’t have to watch it all go to hell while I am not well enough to do anything myself.
I had been prepared to wait a week for the things I had ordered to arrive, but yesterday my new secateurs (adequate, but inferior to the old ones WHERE ARE THEYYYY?); some really wonderful new topiary shears, which will also be perfect for trimming my lavender, and a cheapo strimmer all arrived within an hour of one another from various couriers. This should have triggered Gardening Frenzy!!!, except that yesterday and again today, I am weary, so no Gardening Frenzy!!!
I will allow myself ten minutes in the garden after lunch, though. This is part of my new approach. Instead of expecting myself to do everything, I now expect myself to do a very little bit. Ultimately the whole thing still gets done. And in the meantime I don’t have that dragging sense of not having done anything, which really gnaws at the very roots of my soul.
I had feta on my home-made garlic tahini bread this morning. The bread has a glorious, nutty, salty, creamy flavour, but the crumb is just slightly less elastic than I’d like and one has to be a little gentle when buttering it when it’s toasted or the corners will come off. This loaf had two cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of tahini, a good belt of the oil from the top of the tahini (sesame oil, effectively), and I added a good three tablespoons of whole and crushed linseeds and sesame. I suspect it is the seeds which have affected the crumb most, but the taste is so good I am loath to cut back on it.
I’m starting to really get the hang of my camera, at last. How long have I had this thing? Three years? Well I’ve finally got to the stage where I understand how all the various elements of a photograph (the technical stuff: yer ISO, yer shutter speed, yer aperture, yer white balance and that, not the composition stuff) work together, and – I dono, I’m enjoying taking a few snaps again, albeit since I’ve suddenly got the hang of it I haven’t been anywhere, so sorry, but these were taken in my back garden and both feature the same ash tree.
I’m doing strips of chilli beef with couscous (barberries, flaked almonds, a few little bits of tom and ras-el-hanout) with a big green salad later. THAT ought to fuel me, eh?