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Friday letters – the camping edition


Dear weather,  Please be kind to us this weekend, so that our camping trip is not too damp.  It is looking a bit showery just now.

Dear car,  I hope you are going to accommodate all the equipment we seem to need to take for a ‘simple’ camping weekend!  Whatever happened to the idea of just throwing a tent and a few other things into the car and setting off??  We seem to have mountains of ‘stuff’!

Dear  supermarkets,  Do you have a particular day in which you welcome the older people amongst our population?  I was wondering if it was a Thursday, because when I went in yesterday I think I lowered the average age of the shoppers by about 20 years.  The fact that you seem to coordinate the visits of the older generation, with the large scale stacking of the shelves (and in particular the fruit and veg section) was not the best planning from my point of view, or indeed theirs.  Luckily I employed my deep breathing technique and told myself there was no rush (and that that will be me one day!).

Dear garden birds,  Again I am amazed by the selection of you that visit my garden.  At one point the other day I had a jay, a robin, a woodpecker, some blue tits, a great tit, two woodpigeons, two collared doves and a couple of goldfinches all there at the same time.  It was wonderful.

Dear agapanthus plant,  I am a little worried about you.  Unlike my other three plants, you are not showing any evidence of flower spikes this year.  I know you are fairly young, but last year you produced several flowers, so it’s a puzzle that there are none this year.  Your leaves look healthy enough, though.

Minack agapanthus

These are not my agapanthus plants, but how I wish they were, and how I wish I had a view like this one at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall.

Happy Friday everyone!


15 thoughts on “Friday letters – the camping edition

  1. I’m going camping as well this weekend. Fingers crossed for good weather, for both of us.

  2. Haha.. I recognised that photo and thought you were camping in my part of the world, just about to berate you for not letting me know! My agapanthus only has two flower spikes this year. Two small flowers. Last year it had one and the first year I had it there were several! They are supposed to like being squashed, but maybe this is too tight? The leaves are beautiful though (it is a variegated plant). Now, do I repot or find a spot in the garden. At this rate I am going to have to dig up the lawn… Happy camping, I DO hope these wretched showers disappear somewhere for the next month. It would be nice to have some consistency.

    • Next time I am down in your part of the world, I will be sure to let you know – I don’t want to risk a telling off! 😀 I’m not sure what you should do with your agapanthus. I have one that I’ve had for about 6 years now and have never re-potted it, but this year it’s number of flowers is not up to the standard of the last few years. Maybe it needs repotting? I hadn’t thought of that.
      We had overnight rain when we were camping, which was the best option if we had had to have rain at some point over the weekend!

  3. Fingers crossed the weather behaves for you! Happy camping 🙂

  4. Hi there Elaine! I have no idea what an agapanthus is, but it almost contains the word “pants”, which may explain part of its reticence to perform as wished. I hope that the weather holds out for you. I always find that I pack far too much stuff, so I now pack too little instead, it brings out the survival instinct in me. Just like shopping on the same day as the OAP’s – here in France, they specialise in turning up at the crack of dawn to queue outside the blood test labs so that they have the rest of their day free. I hated them when I was pregnant and had to have blood drawn before I’d had my breakfast. I was so hungry I could have eaten my own handbag.

    • MM, you always make me smile (or sometimes even laugh out loud!). I am missing your blog posts. It occurs to me that the OAPs maybe turn up first thing at the blood test labs so that they can make the most of a day out? Fasting blood tests are the worst and I think they make me feel doubly hungry because I know I can’t have anything to eat.

  5. Is Thursday pension day, like it is here? That’s when all the oldies go shopping. Best avoided I think. Perhaps aggie needs a good feed. Although,I have never fertilised ours since the day they were planted and they flower like champions every year.

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