Five on Friday


Joining in with Amy and Five on Friday.

One  We’re slowly renovating the old, dead parts of our boundary hedging which involves a lot of grubbing out of old stumps and clearing roots. We’re only working on the bits that are dead and trying not to disturb any areas that may be housing nesting birds. We had a delivery of native, wildlife-friendly hedging whips last week and needed to get them in the ground. After a lot of digging, we managed to get just 20 whips planted by teatime on Sunday; we have 80 whips left over… I think we may have over-ordered. These have been stuffed into one of the cleared terraced beds until we can find permanent homes for them.

Two  Tulips and blossom. It’s that time of year and I can’t get enough of either. The greengage tree has more blossom on it than last year, so hopefully we’ll have a decent crop of these fragrant plums. The trick is to get to them before the wasps do.

Three  I harvested the first few sticks of rhubarb last Sunday. I’d been waiting for the stems to be long enough to cut – according to my books, they should be longer than 23cm which seems very specific but I’ve been patient. Cooked gently with a little water and a sprinkling of dark brown sugar, it was absolutely delicious on top of some Greek yogurt. I’ll be out there with my ruler again this weekend. Hopefully there’ll be enough for a crumble.

Four  I found a bargain of a dress last weekend. I hadn’t intended to buy a dress – I was going to buy some fish – but I noticed a sign saying ‘20% off sale price’ in the window and wandered into the shop to, you know, just have a look. I found a dress that a) I loved and b) fitted perfectly. It would have been daft not to buy it.

Five  Still reeling from the news of Victoria Wood’s death on Wednesday, yesterday we heard that Prince had died. Sigh. Both were part of my growing-up years providing laughter and music, and I’m so sad they’re gone. It’s clouded my week, as I’m sure it has for many others.

Sorry to end on that note. Wishing you a good weekend.