Sunday, 20 May 2012
I've had a busy time since I arrived back in Eagleton and my first visitors have already moved on to stay with other friends. Although it's often been sunny we've had very strong cold winds. Yesterday the wind had virtually disappeared and it was a balmy 11℃ (52℉) so that was my first day spent almost entirely in the garden. It's always good to get the lawns scarified, cut and top dressed for the summer early on. I managed quite a few other tasks as well and it was wonderful listening to the waterfall into the garden pond, the gentle lapping of the sea below and the calls of the Skylarks.
By the late afternoon I decided that enough was enough and treated myself to a spa bath to ease the limbs which, I was sure, would otherwise be aching by the morning.
In the evening a friend arrived with an excellent bottle of the red stuff vintage 2006 and in perfect quaffing condition. We duly obliged the vingneron and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. By 10pm Carol had left and 15 minutes later I - who rarely goes to bed before midnight - was asleep. Which is how I stayed for the following seven hours.
It's amazing what a day in the garden can do for the body and soul.