Can you see the difference? (Apart from that the cats have moved off.) Possibly not really, from these photos, but the second photo shows the result of my slaving away for days in the hot Scottish sun... well, it was warmish... for some days, battling with the jungly bit in the middle which (you'll have to take my word for this because you can't really see it) was mainly lily-of-the-valley with roots going down to Australia, and Solomon's Seal, which is very boring apart from briefly in spring-time when it's only fairly boring. So I've planted some nice new things: blue and pink delphiniums, yellow crocosmia (don't like the normal orange version because I don't like orange), pink sidalcea, dark pink echinacea in two sizes and blue agapanthus. They're a bit sparse at the moment because they'll spread (I hope) so I've put some busy lizzies in the gaps.
We've also had a tree surgeon to prune the flowering cherry, which was too big, and to remove the ceanothus, which was lovely when flowering but also too big for the space.
Re our Wales trip - amazingly, we have a couple of nibbles from possible cat-sitters. Isn't the internet wonderful?
Also re our Wales trip - an email from Daughter 2 reporting on emails to her from her baby doctor brother in Dumfries. Remember that the children are standing us this trip as a birthday present for Mr Life.
This is Daughter 2's email:
I've had three emails from a Dr. D.......... in Dumfries on the subject of him sending me a cheque for his portion of the Wales extravaganza. They were titled:
1. Money makes the Wales go round
2. Wales, wales, wales, could be wales, in a rich man's world.
3. Money can't buy me love. But Wales can.
To the second last one I replied - "PS - did I mention you are quite funny?" to which he responded : "Well no, but one just assumes. P xx".