It has not been a good week.
On Sunday we heard that a dear friend had died, the funeral was on Tuesday.
Monday was GBFD so I didn’t join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to share my vases, sorry Cathy. Worse still the wind was blowing very strongly (it continued all week until today, Friday) Wind isn’t unusual here but all the fields around us have new tenants – I won’t say they are farmers because they are not, it is an industrial operation and with each new day it seems they do something new to destroy the environment. Monday, despite the strong wind they were spraying, insecticide I thought, the whole house smelt dreadful, I closed all the windows but my throat became sore almost immediately. This wasn’t the first issue we’d had and so neighbours had already arranged a meeting with them for later that day, at the meeting I was told (with a smile of the guy’s face) that it wasn’t insecticide (bad enough) but that they had actually been spraying herbicide and that if it really had sprayed into the garden I could well lose some plants!!!!! As I said it was a bad week.
The insecticide that had been used on Saturday evening (just as we’d planned to eat outside) was said to be safe after 7 days but as they’ll be spraying probably twice a week it means that I don’t want to use anything in the vegetable garden, plus if it what they said it was then there will far fewer pollinators around so probably not worth even planting anything next year. I have been so upset; Tuesday I went out at about 10 am and didn’t return until evening, visiting one friend after another because I really couldn’t face being at home.
During the early hours of Tuesday we had been woken by the earthquake – this put things in a different perspective or on Wednesday morning when my husband sent me a message to say that his office was arranging to collect items essential for the homeless people of Amatrice and the other villages devastated by the earthquake I decided to ask friends to get involved and arranged to collect whatever they had to give. They were generous so the car was filled and I at least I have begun to do something positive.
So, with the intention of just writing a quick catch up post this has turned into a bit of a saga.
Let’s end with some vases and my Tuesday view. No more words necessary.
The images for the Tuesday view for Cathy at Words and Herbs were taken on Tuesday morning.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.