Thursday, July 22, 2021

Ah well

The late summer flowers are brightening the garden, such as this leucanthemum - just a daisy, really, but so pretty. It's still hot. 

On Tuesday we went up to visit Son and family. He got out the water slide for his two little ones

and they had a fine time. They are very lovely.

The countryside was looking nice but it's a long way to drive, on big scary roads. I'm somewhat phobic about big roads and always expect to die in a flaming pile-up. 

I'm allowed to take photos of their cat. 

Back home, we had friends for the day today after a long Covid gap, and that was lovely. In the evening I went for a wander along this track, admiring the rosebay willowherb and but glad it wasn't growing in my garden. It's very pretty but a prolific seeder. 

It's taller than me now. (This is not a huge feat.)

Summer is wearing away. It's now getting darkish by about 9pm. 

I always feel sad for a few days after we've seen one of the absent offspring. It's sometimes hard to believe that they'll never live near us again. But of course they won't. I do hate when people say to me - as they do - "Well, they could be in Australia." Not being stupid, I do know that, and yes, of course that would be worse. But presumably they think that this will cheer me up. And it doesn't. 



  1. I would never say that. Any distance is difficult. I stayed 3 minutes away from my parents, so my girls got to see all three grandparents a lot. It is a lot harder for us. :( Sorry about the continued hot weather. Ours has calmed down considerably but now we're at risk for wildfire smoke. Can't win.

  2. Well, I live in Australia and I certainly wouldn't say that! Distance is distance - my daughters are both three hours away and I miss them so much.

  3. I hope Granddaughter gave your bright and lovely garden a good score.

  4. When I was a little girl, we lived close to all of our extended family, so I know what that feels like. Then we moved three hours distant and I also know what it is like to live away from everyone. When I got married, we also lived away - never closer than an hours drive to a parent and most times much farther. When my son started his family, DH and I decided that when they settled down to a location, we would retire close by so we could be with them. That is where we are now. But if my other son ever decides to have a family (slim chance) then we will be far from them. It is a staple of our times. We don't have to like it, but merely (?) adjusst. Blessings and hugs to you.

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