Things have been going along nicely, apart that is from Crema deciding she did prefer to live with Mario and his two male cats and,ade her way back. We keep meaning to visit her but so far have only succeeded in sending down a large bag of cat food, maybe that will remind her of us. Grigio is well settled here. When our local shepherd and cheese maker called at the weekend we asked if Grigio had been at his farm over winter but he said not do we are no wiser where she has been. The large grey male we unkindly called the nasty party last year has been renamed Enrico and is doing his best to be friendly. No sign at all of Theo, we have to be content with what we have.
The gardening continues, two steps forward one back. A porcupine came and are some of my cutting and took the tops out of almost all the 24 tomato plants Mr FF had put. The culprit left footprints in the earth and also demolished several large clumps of wild iris growing on the bank opposite us, the fleshy tubers seem to be a favourite with the porcupine.
The major project to make a sitting out area and paving for the inflatable pool continues. Mr FF is currently taking up lawn and back filling the new raised planting area which I have in mind for slightly tender plants as there is good protection from walls on two sides. Perhaps a lemon as the one I have in a pot has been cut back over the last two winters and failed to fruit. A bougainvillea might be worth a try too, the one I put in my border only lasted a year.
However over the last four days or so we have been totally set back by rain and cooler temperatures, we have never known such weather in May. It feels like winter, the socks and jumpers are back on and we are lighting the wood burner. Things had better improve soon as we don’t have that much wood in stock. I know the UK is enjoying glorious sunshine while I am going a little crazy as we sit looking out at low cloud and the forecast isn’t for much improvement. I’m trying to look at the benefits of all this water, certainly everywhere is beautifully green but positivity never was one if my strong points, I want the sun back, please UK return it soon I can offer you rain.