Sunday, 8 May 2016

Hottest Day Of The Year

Today has been a great day! Made by the fact that it followed a great night, having a meal with some lovely friends!

Photo take by the lovely Anderson!

I tried calamari for the first time, and absolutely loved it! I usually find it quite hard trying new things, so I'm quite proud of myself for that (how sad does that sound!).

Today, the weather has been the best of the year so far - classic Britain, it takes until May before we get some consistent nice weather! It's been so hot though, but with a nice breeze. We spent the majority of the day in car dealerships, trying to get me a new car for when I start my new job in a couple of weeks (we were eventually successful, might I add!), but once we came home, we lit the BBQ and had a late lunch/early dinner, and then I spent a few hours sat in the garden, reading. Absolute bliss! I hardly spent any time reading outside last year, so want to try and do more of it now that the weather is improving.

Our new flowers are looking beautiful, and have settled really well so far! Just making sure to keep everything watered as much as possible (especially today!) and keeping an eye on things. But at the moment, everything seems to have settled in nicely. I've even seen some bees on the French Lavender today, which is great! I really want to try and encourage as much wildlife into the garden as possible.

On the subject of wildlife, I also filled up my bird feeders for the first time in about 9 months. I found last year that the birds were just leaving the food and it was going mouldy (obviously finding food elsewhere) and I didn't see the point in wasting money on bird food that was just going to waste, so I stopped filling them up. I put some mealworms out last week and really enjoyed watching the Great Tits feeding from them, so today I decided to put out the mixed seed and peanuts. Low and behold, 5 minutes later there were birds checking out the peanut feeder! So now I can sit and watch my birds again. No birds in the video below, but I really wanted to record the gorgeous birdsong from one of our resident blackbirds! Excuse the traffic noise in the background.

Everything is looking gorgeous outside right now, and I'm really looking forward to sprucing up the other flower beds and making it all fit in.

Tomorrow I have a long list of housework to get through, including finishing painting the bathroom, along with the usual household chores. Boring but essential! If the weather is nice when I'm finished, I would love to relax outside again for a little while!

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