Zip Wire Teddies (link with Tower Tours)
So, that’s told me. Should be fun!!
After all the recent hot weather and then a downpouring of rain there has been a spurt of new growth. Photos taken on 24th June 2022.
“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”
Al Bernstein - (b 1950 - American sportscaster, writer, stage performer, and speaker.
I took these photos fairly early yesterday morning (11th June). It may be boring for some, but I find it endlessly fascinating how it has developed over the past month. I 'survey the grounds' at least twice a day and I think the neighbours - if they can hear me - must think I have the saddest life ever when I wax lyrical about what my lupins are up to, or how the rose petals are blooming!
A number of people have warned me that an extraction can be really painful, and it was also a bit alarming for the dentist to ask whether I would have to go into work – as ‘it’s best not to raise one’s blood pressure…” after the anaesthetic and painkillers. Oh?! So, I’ve warned this particular Friday employer (a school) that I might have to swap my day and go in on Monday instead!
On the upside, I’ve been making a few plans of “things to look forward to”. One of which is through one of those ‘internet deal’ links (like Hotdeals / Groupon / Wowcher) I've booked a dinner, B&B at Marco Pierre White's hotel (near Bath) for the autumn. Have a look at Hotels in Corsham - Marco Pierre White's Rudloe Arms. Our friend Frank (who trained with the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche, and who did our wedding supper – now sadly deceased) always raved about M-P White and when we have seen him on TV he seems like a cool guy - if a bit scary too!. Anyway, I have “saved” at least £200 on the deal, and we are booked for a weekend in October. It is only an hour or so to drive there so should be a decent short break away. The hotel is set in “14 acres of stunning landscape [which] makes the grounds at the Rudloe the ideal place to unwind and enjoy nature”.
As I say, it is something to look forward to as we've decided not to go on a beach holiday this year (boo!). There are far too many idiot people, airlines are being ridiculous, and prices are all over the place! Therefore, I'm currently in touch with our go-to place in Kefalonia to get in early for next May or June. I am also looking at highly recommended places in Portugal – one as a Lisbon city break, and another on an island near to Madeira.
With regard to summer 2022 – and as Paul never knows from one week to the next what work he will be doing - we thought we'd go to places in the UK that we talk about but have never visited. Well, that's the plan (and we’re good at those).
Any further recommendations would be gladly received!
An enjoyable family lunch - diminished numbers because of relocating the venue due to the weather. The plan is to have another picnic at No.6 later in the summer when the forecast is decent.
Of course, there was plenty of food and noise - as usual!
Believe it or not, there are lots of poems about artichokes! Here is one that seems relevant to my experience:
Artichoke - by Richard Foerster (From The Burning of Troy by Richard Foerster. Copyright © 2006)
For all the bother, it's the peeling away
we savoured, the slow striptease
toward a tender heart--
how each petal dipped in the buttery sauce
was raked across our lower
teeth, its residue
less redolent of desire than sweet restraint,
a mere foretaste of passion,
but the scaly plates
piled up like potsherds in a kitchen midden,
a history in what's now
so we strained after less and less as the barbs
perhaps drew a little blood
and we cut our way
into the core to rid us of the fibre
that would stifle every ut-
terance between us.
In our quest for that morsel,
how we risked silence,
Even this Jubilee weekend has proven to be problematic because of the vagaries of the British weather and the fact that Paul is currently engaged on a four-week contract which (as is the case in theatre) doesn’t take into consideration public holidays. He has one day off over the weekend, and we had hoped to host a garden-based Big Jubilee Lunch for flag-waving family and friends.
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone it because the weather forecast is TERRIBLE for Winchcombe and, as you know, the house is too small for everyone to fit in comfortably - and to be able to eat as well!
Therefore, the family is de-camping to my sister’s house – a 50-minute drive from No.6, north of Worcester. The family is keen to meet up not only for the Jubilee excuse for party food, but also to mark my and Paul’s wedding anniversary (17 years on 3rd June), to welcome Violet back from Dubai (again) and to celebrate Clementine’s offer of a new job!