|Chaos in my office, won't show you the rest of it!|
|Arlo enjoying the sunshine|
|Arlo plants himself in his fave pot|
|Clean sheets freshly dried in the sun - just for me|
|Half-hearted fight over beanbag territory|
|Django settled in straight away once he'd sent Arlo packing|
|Girls sharing a joke in the garden|
|Django finds some shade in the den|
|Painting in the sun|
|Isabella painting on the terrace - me in my Crocs!|
|Always looking for ways to get the girls to eat more veggies|
We had a windy, overcast day on the beach, but no-one seemed to care, we were too busy building sandcastles, paddling and watching the windsurfer's kites.
Isabel and Stuart, the girls' other grandparents, arrived to collect them, but just before they left, we had some other visitors...
... much to everyone's delight a flock of mallards arrived in the garden to wave them off.
After they'd gone we decided to make a bonfire and burn all the brash we'd collected. Not allowed in some places for ecological reasons I know, but I think in the UK it's a matter of scale. Here farmers are not allowed to burn the stubble any longer, but we do still have bonfire night and it's still ok to have campfires and domestic bonfires. Sitting around a fire in the evenings with a can of beer after a day working in the garden is one of life's best pleasures and though I'm an ardent saver of the planet, I do hope our children's children will still be able to enjoy doing this. The smell of woodsmoke in the air, the odd bat swooping around, watching the sun go down outside - bliss.
Someone mentioned I don't seem to be dressed for this activity. All I can say is that I've never liked the Sunday best concept - I wear what I fancy when I get up in the morning and surprisingly it seems to be OK for most things.
Later I made a bechamel sauce, poured it over leftovers, put tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, balsamic and basil in the oven with it, and washed it down later with a bottle of white burgundy - no fuss supper after a fun day in the sun - mega yummy.
Back in York, the climbing French beans are growing apace and we had our first meal from them a couple of days ago - don't know why but food you've grown yourself always tastes better.
|The day lilies are looking good too!|
On our day with the girls last week, we all had a lovely time at Harlow Carr. The planting there is superb and there's lots of great stuff for kids too.
|Isabella on the log trail around the tree house|
|Django boning up on upcoming visit to Connemara|