It's been a bit topsy turvy since our return from holiday: things are flowering when they shouldn't and we're eating autumn raspberries already. I'm also going through a period of loathing my garden at the moment - apart from the Clematis of course. Threadspider asked me recently what was looking good apart from them and I struggled to find an answer. Perhaps my restlessness is because the garden's on the wane from its late spring/early summer look and the later season plants haven't really started to strut their stuff yet.
On the other hand, I'm totally in love with my allotment after hating it for most of the year. Various injuries have meant I've been in catch up mode since last Autumn and I've finally accepted it'll stay that way for the rest of the year. At last I'm feeling relaxed about it and really enjoying my visits. Harvesting lots of produce has also helped to change how I feel!
The hot weather recently has found me outdoors whenever I can be, except in the heat of the middle of the day. If I'm not in the garden or up the allotment, trips out have been most welcome. So with that in mind, let's have a look at what's in the pipeline for July shall we?
6th for 100 days: One and Other - a living sculpture by Anthony Gormley will see 2,400 people occupy the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for an hour each. The link tells you about some of the more eccentric hours taking place. Today's also National Kissing Day and NAH's away :(
7th - 12th: RHS Hampton Court Show. The more relaxed, family orientated version of Chelsea Flower Show in a stunning setting.
8th: If you write your date the American way, then you might like to mark the time 12:34:56 on 7/8/9 in some way e.g. by taking a photograph of where you are. We'll have to wait until the 7th August for our turn...
17th: Talk like a Brummie day. As a native speaker, I'm happy to give you a lesson if needed, just to make sure you're totally authentic ;)
18-19th: Wem Sweet Pea Show. Thanks to the hybridisation work carried out by Henry Eckford over 100 years ago, this small Shropshire town is the home of the modern sweet pea.
22nd - 26th: RHS Tatton Park Show - the most northerly of the RHS Shows.
27th - 2nd August: National Parks Week. What better excuse is there to visit one of our fantastic National Parks and get some really fresh air? Well, it's also the 60th anniversary of the opening of the first one in the Peak District, so there's something to celebrate too.
I suspect the YAWA team have left loads of events out as they've been out enjoying the summer weather too, so why not let me know of any more by leaving a comment below?