Monday! You didn't chase the sun away! It's still here! And round our way, that's something to celebrate.
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I can't quite get away with calling it a "first". I'm pretty sure we had a water shortage once, in 1976 - when it was sunny all summer long and I think I wore shorts - but it's certainly an unusual turn of events. We've had a full week of weather warm enough to actively be enjoyed. I went out into the garden. I did a lot of weeding. I ended up with sunburn on the bit of arm which sticks out of my shirt. My wrist, that's it. I have sunburned wrists; and I've always believed that to be a meteorological impossibility here. So that was a first.
And it led to one more, which needs a little back story. We have here a three bin system: black for household rubbish, blue for recycling and brown for garden waste. When we moved in here we ordered a shed, piled everything we could into it, and then stood sadly on the path, looking at the rest. It felt like it was about to snow, so I agreed that the leftovers could be hidden in the brown bin for the moment, because the brown bin isn't collected in the winter. It was a temporary solution. That was over ten years ago. For ten years I have had a brown bin full of hammock bits and the world's largest collection of cracked flowerpots. It sounds so ridiculous I can hardly believe I'm admitting it. But no longer! I grew firm in my determination under our blazing sun and I insisted. The flowerpots were sorted, the hammock was fed into the shed...
...and I put my grass clippings where they belong. Any minute now the bin men will take them away: a small "first", you are right, but sweet nonetheless.
For something bigger I turned to my new guide book. We have decided! We wanted to get it booked before our boy left today for six weeks back in Scotland doing Lawyer-ly stuff. So, for the first time, we are going to Germany, to Berlin, later in the summer. I expect there'll be a story or four to come out of that, so I'm making a note:
I wrote with this one today. But I'll have to find another. A pencil with a decent lead I can sharpen to a fine point? Almost impossible to lay my hands on. Where are they all? Maybe I'll have discovered a good source by next Monday.
How about you? Anything you did for the first time? Anything you learned that you didn't know before? Maybe it's time to make a Memorandum. On Monday.
We have Melissa, Deb, Helena, Eileen, Mary-Lou, Susanne, Maggie, Mitra, Krafty Karen, Ladkyis and Fiona to thank for last week's notes. Go on: give 'em a wave! And have a good week!