This morning I published https://derrickjknight.com/2023/07/12/livia/ which I finished reading yesterday.
The stiff breeze that sped through the plot on this sunny day was such that I was pleased that Nick Hayter, who, with his customary care, spent several hours preparing the crumbly pebbledash west wall for painting, was working on the lower levels of the scaffolding.
First he removed the old drainpipe that, at an angle, spanned the centre of the wall;
next he scraped off the crumbliest material
and coated the rest with a liquid fungicidal solution.
Jackie had spent the morning completing her clearance of a footpath through the Palm Bed. She had filled two compost bags with debris. After lunch I bagged up more and transported all to the collection on the Back Drive. I had taken my camera in order to photograph the footpath, and was diverted by
a variety of day lilies en route.
This evening we all dined on pork barbecue spare ribs; rice by Jackie and Becky; and Becky’s salad with her own dressing. Mrs Knight drank Hoegaarden; Ian and Dillon, Peroni; and I, All Out 21 Merlot.