So, with some tweaking to Kathryn’s shifts we ended up with a 3-day weekend with both of us off for all three days. This is virtually unheard of, and so we promptly filled the days with activity. Cleaning the house (properly) on Friday, then having friends over for dinner (Olives/Nice cheese, Trout/Almonds/Asparagus/Salad, Rhubarb/Custard Tart). Then Saturday we piled into Chester an’ flew down to Cornwall. Well, actually, we sat in traffic because, of course, it’s a Bank Holiday, and we’d not really considered that.
Anyhow, we made it and after a very nice lunch headed off to my mum’s favourite nursery; the Duchy of Cornwall one. It turns out that this is an incredibly nice and shockingly reasonably priced nursery filled with plants that my mum rates very highly (in so far as she says she’s never had a plant from there which hasn’t thrived, which is high praise given the number of plants she buys). We pootled around and it became apparent that what we were going to do was return home earlier than intended the next day (i.e. today) with a large number of plants, mainly alpines, to go in the rockery which has hitherto been a pile of concrete and some mud mixed with gravel.
Not only that, but there was some intention to have a bit of a water feature thing going on, which had previously not been considered, at least, not in this form (we’d debated a pond, but it’d been scrapped).
Anyhow, having got home on Sunday we spent rather a lot of time working on the garden – and apart from much tidying, cleaning and planting, we made a rockery…
My mum bought us a very lovely Solomon Seal:
We also gave in and bought some Toms, mainly because ours our looking a little dinky for the time of year: