I have so enjoyed summer in the penthouse, this week we've taken to eating dinner outside. I now need to dispose of all my lovely balcony plants that haven't yet reached their full potential to friends and family, from a safe distance.
I won't get to enjoy the longed for riot flowers. Following good practice I took the first buds off all my geraniums to produce stronger plants, so far one of 18 is showing any colour, if I'd known I would have let them get on with it and admired the display.
Its likely I will have lost many plants when I get to Italy and have to start all over again there and I doubt we will produce many vegetables this late in the season.
Yesterday my lovely hairdresser phoned and gave me an appointment for 3 weeks time. I may not get my haircut before we leave, will travel across Europe with my mad hair and then have to negotiate an appointment in Italy where discussion about a new maybe longer style will be tricky. I'm still doing the online language course and if I ever meet two plumbers who are cousins I can tell people but have yet to reach the lesson that covers hairstyles.
Our Danish friends are travelling out next weekend and it will be lovely to see them and all the other people we know but it won't be the same. No festas, though dinning outdoors I image will be ok, segregation on the beach, no hugs and kisses, mask everywhere. I hope it will be better than the chaos we have seen in the UK during the hot weather. Our little town was so rammed with visitors enjoying drink, drugs, BBQs which are banned and major littering around the river. Eventually the police imposed a dispersal order and with helicopters flying overhead the masses were sent away and the town closed to non residents for 48 hours.
So a week of waiting, half hearted packing and eating the contents of the freezer I think. I sound ungrateful I know, we are so fortunate to have this second home and we want to keep it in good order. Its just that I'm 71 I don't do spontaneity and I am aware of the risks of a potential lock down in a foreign country. Life has to start again sometime, maybe we just have to make a move and if there is the chance of being reunited with our cats again I will.