“Best Laid Plans….”

I had “best laid (gardening) plans” today.

First, in the interests of passing walkers in our unlit nights, I would prune the overhanging trees along the front pavement, so they are not forced to step into the road;

Secondly, I would weed the front garden gravel path which I had created about 8 years ago, and tidy the borders.

Having spent an hour on the pavement lopping, chopping, and bagging up the offending limbs whilst ensuring that no part of me ran the risk of being hit by any part of the steady stream of vehicles of all shapes and sizes, often exceeding the 40 m.p.h. speed limit thundering and clanking close to the kerb, I staggered down the Brick Path to add two more bags to the stack for the next dump run, sat with Jackie in the Rose Garden, where Becky bought us each a drink, for long enough to decide that the next task had “gang agley” and would wait until tomorrow.

Following sound advice from some of my blogging friends I have broken my “no more books” rule and allowed Jackie to complete my Avignon quintet with an Amazon order. In the meantime, Durrell’s Inquisition theme has encouraged me to return to Malcolm Barber’s history of The Trial of the Templars, which first read 20 years ago – long enough ago to have forgotten most of it.

For tonight’s dinner, Becky, in her own words, produced dry roast chickun, stodgy potatow salad, lack lustre carretts, and limp brockally, with which Jackie drank Zesty and I drank Entire Quintas Reserva Douro 2021.


  1. I’m glad that you are okay after pruning the branches from the sidewalk, Derrick. Dangerous stuff! I say Curb, you say Kerb!

    1. Thanks very much, Merril. Becky’s description was as accurate as her spelling πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks very much, Sue. That is a joke Becky has wanted to crack for some time πŸ™‚

  2. High Vis jacket Derrick. Better safe than sorry. I would suggest obtaining a cone or two as well. The council often leaves them lying around by holes in the road and such.

    1. Two good ideas, Quercus. I wore a red shirt and thought about those cones after the event. Thanks very much

  3. I agree with wearing bright colors when working on that front pavement. Maybe Martin can do it next time. It looks good.

    1. Thanks very much, JoAnna. I’m sure Martin would do it, but I was determined πŸ™‚

  4. I appreciate you clearing out the walkway like that (there are a few that I wish would do the same near me!)
    Jackie has a sense of humour, no doubt about it. I had to read it twice!

  5. HAHAHAHA! on Becky’s description of dinner! I laughed and laughed!
    Tell her I’d eat it! Even tho’ I like FIRM broccoli! Ha! Tell her thanks for the laughs!
    YAY on a new book for you!
    We had some outdoor plans planned and then had a rainy stormy lightening-y rumbly day AND night…so all the work had to be indoor work.
    (((HUGS))) ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️
    PS…growing up in a family of eight kids…and my brother’s always seemed to be hungry…my mom would sometimes say…”Tonight you get a choice of two house specials…take it or leave it!” πŸ™‚

  6. haha, I can’t count how many times I’ve said, “No more books!”. It doesn’t work here either.
    Cute post, Derrick.

  7. It’s always an excellent idea to prune trees and bushes so that they do not pose a risk to others as they pass along a narow pavement.

  8. I’m glad you made the walkway safer for the pedestrians, and I am glad you finished the task without getting hurt.

  9. I’m glad you got that trimming done without getting hit by the waaay too close traffic. Sounds like something I’d have asked Martin to do!!

  10. I am looking forward to your review of The Trial of the Templars. I know of them but not much about them. My reading time is severely limited right now, but winter is coming.

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