No farmer’s market this weekend, instead I took Miss One and my sister to the country to visit my 90 year old grandfather. He’s been spending a week in respite care at the local nursing home. My parents are overseas and it has been left to my aunt (my grand-father’s daughter-in-law) to make sure he’s looking after himself, so this week gave her a bit of a break as well as testing the waters for a possible move to permanent care at the nursing home for Pa. He’s had several bouts of pneumonia and a couple of falls so living on his own is getting potentially difficult. He seemed happy enough for the week, I’m not sure how he would feel about leaving his home of forever though and seeing him in there was definitely strange for me. We took him to the pub for lunch and then back to his house for a coffee and so he could look at some old photographs, then we returned him to the nursing home. The best part of the trip was that Miss One was in good form, smiling, laughing and fascinating by my grandfather. That was a darn sight better than the last visit, where she took one look at him and burst into long, loud howls.
Today was a home day, catching up on some washing, shopping, cooking and gardening. I made another batch of cereal, some bread rolls, these great muffins (which have very little sugar in them, but taste delicious) and a pot of noodle soup with oven baked salmon for dinner.
In the garden I did a little of that weeding left in the forgotten corners of the garden. I’ve been pouring boiling water on the weeds in between the pavers. I was either naive thinking they would die fairly quickly or it just isn’t working, because besides looking a little wilted not much had changed. I’ll keep doing it for a while and see what happens. I also fed my lemon/lime tree and gave it a good water (it doesn’t get much rain). It is completely covered in flowers on both the lime and the lemon side, I also saw some tiny limes starting to form, how exciting. On a not so good note, about half my garlic looks cactus! One section has been decimated by black aphids and despite me squirting them off with the hose everyday they have continued unabated. Today I sprayed them in a last ditched effort to save them, but I think it might be too little too late. Some have already dried up completely and the rest of the plants looked decidedly sick. I have garlic growing in two other areas, one patch the plants look small and stunted, but the third patch have nice thick stalks and look strong and healthy, I’m hoping they are forming nicely underneath as I don’t hold much hope for the rest. Finally I planted a second lot of potatoes, this time pink fir. They really should have been planted first as they were quite wrinkled and had long roots growing from them already. Hopefully they will still grow well.
And that pretty much filled my weekend. One more week of work and then a two week break, I’m so looking forward to it! These last nine weeks have gone so unbelievably quickly though. But before the working week starts I’m going to settle down to watch a bit of ABC, Kevin McCloud’s Grand Desing and Call the Midwife – two great shows. Enjoy the week everyone!