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On a dull day with intermittent light rain Jackie drove Elizabeth and me over to Mum’s to carry out a few tasks.
The major object of the trip was the rescue of a wayward wisteria, flattened, and stretching across the grass. Jackie provided the expertise
and a metal stake with which to reinforce the old rotted wooden one snapped at the base.
She took a heavy mallet to the new stake in order to hammer it into the still rock hard ground.
I lent a hand or two.
Elizabeth offered support, guidance, and assistance in positioning the plant.
Mum offered directions from the sitting room window,
and Jackie pruned to the level her mother-in-law required and wired the old post to the new one.
My wife and sister then went shopping while I cut up all the pruned branches and fed them to a green garden rescue sack. When they returned we enjoyed a lunch of salad, ham, cheeses, bread, quiche and strawberries, all fresh from Sainsbury’s.
Elizabeth then mowed the lawn and she and Jackie carried out more tidying and weeding while I kept my mother company.
After this we returned some inappropriate equipment to a local health centre, and made our leisurely way home.
This evening the three of us dined on Jackie’s succulent roast lamb; roast sweet and normal potatoes; Yorkshire pudding, cabbage, our own runner beans, and carrots. Jackie drank Hoegaarden, and, Elizabeth and I, more of the Merlot.