Well, how could we be 'delayed' when we must have so much time on our hands? It is a strange phenomena of the pandemic that it has affected so many aspects of our lives, routines, and our expectations and plans ….. and that impacts on energy levels and our sense of 'time spent'.
Anyway, we have some good excuses - amongst which is of course … 'the garden' and the reality that our weather here this Spring has been such a mix of warmth and wet that everything has been growing - which requires a careful and constant mix of attention, control and encouragement! And other activities have continued to focus on communicating with family, friends and Chambres D'Hotes guests who have become friends; and on ensuring that energy goes into keeping the house going so that when we can welcome people here again, then hopefully it will be as welcoming, comfortable and tranquil as possible.
So, for this Post we decided to focus on the garden:
Many of the other flowers that we have sown in beds and positioned beneath trees etc are doing well:
The large pond is looking particularly good - we commented in an earlier Post that the water quality this year is excellent, and the number of fish has increased, and the 'pond-related' wildlife seems particularly active, especially the dragonflies …. impossible to photograph with the cameras we have:
Now, we have had one new visitor to the house - who has now taken up residence on a permanent basis (assuming she'll have us long-term, that is ….). Readers of this Blog may recall that in March we lost our aged, but very special cat, Snufkin. We have rarely been without a cat, or cats, for many years and so in early May we did decide to find another cat. But in view of the pandemic's effect on animals being abandoned, and the consequent pressure on re-homing organisations, we thought a 'rescue cat' would be a worthwhile idea. We were fortunate in being put in touch with Chats du Quercy, a cat welfare charity based in the north-west of the Tarn-et-Garonne department, but operating throughout France.
So, we contacted the Centre, having seen a cat on their website. We were most impressed by the professionalism and the care that the Centre offered and we were introduced to the cat that we had seen and were immediately taken with how sweet, bright and affectionate she was. We were very well briefed by Lynn and given all the practical support we needed to adopt 'Graycie':
And what now ….?