Jake the Collie now thinks he’s Zoe. We are going through our list of house and garden chores with frequent summons to strong, practical helpful Zoe when the going gets tough. She, working on her Othello essay, has developed selective hearing. But Jake appears each time, happily wagging his tail!
Anita Mathias now has a freshly painted kitchen, painted by Roy. I so wanted to paint it lavender, like the kitchens I saw in Provence (yellow, bright blue…) but Roy said if it was lavender, I would have to do all the cooking as he wouldn’t step into it. “Haven’t you heard of feminism?” I asked him. “I want a lavender kitchen” “And you are going to Ireland in July, and will then want a green kitchen,” he growled. He won! White!
So one man, Nick Clegg, is essentially choosing the next Prime Minister of Great Britain. So much for the democratic process! It reminds me of 2000, when, after all the expense and hassle of an election, the Supreme Court essentially chose the next President of the United States.
Anita Mathias hosted a tea party today for 14 adults & 17 children, all of whom got on well & none of whom were scratched by rabbits, chased by horses, barked at by the dog, or slipped into ponds. The party motivated us to mow our grass, trim our shrubs, re-do our rock garden, paint our kitchen & walls, & get rid of 10 loitering boxes of stuff, none of which our guests would have noticed either way, but it’s good to have it done!
As I walked down the country lane outside my house, a cup of tea in hand, I saw a herd of cows, very attractive Guernseys, in our farmer-neighbour’s field. It was a beautiful bird-loud day. It could have been out of a Constable painting or a Dylan Thomas poem. Timeless England!