First, camping. This promised to be the first really nice weekend in a very long time, so we thought we’d take advantage of it. It’s been raining on and off in the UK this summer more than any other I’ve experienced here, with temperatures remaining disappointingly cool the whole time. I’m sure some of you in the United States would love relief from the heat, but I’d give almost anything just for a little bit of it one of these days.
Saturday morning, we woke up to clear skies, reasonable warmth, and went out to spend the day at Barnard Castle, which is both a castle and a delightful little town that grew up around it. Lovely visit to the castle, a reasonable walk in the sunshine, an abbey, and an amazing curry for dinner rounded out a really nice day.
Today wasn’t as nice to start out with, as we returned to clouds in the morning. But by the time we headed home, the weather had cleared up, and I was inspired to start some gardening with a lot of sales in our local garden centre – somewhere we hardly ever go, but felt compelled to this afternoon. As a result, we ended up taking home a standalone greenhouse, four vegetable plants (tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, and bell peppers) and three herbs (sage, oregano, and mint).
None of this has been particularly good for reading. I haven’t even finished a book since returning from my trip to Europe last Sunday, let alone found time to blog. I’m reading an excellent non-fiction book, How to Survive the Titanic: The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay by Frances Wilson, but I’ve just been doing too much else around the house and catching up to really devote enough time to it. I have an hour or so now and am going to aim to get some posts up this week and breathe a little life back into this blog. I hope to find some time to come visit you, too – let me know what I’ve missed in the last couple of weeks and I’d love to come say hi.
Have a great week!