Rain, rain, rain, rain , rain, rain, rain , rain (ad nausea)
I'm standing in the rain
Getting soaking wet
It's teeming down on me
Cats and dogs .........
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This year we're having one of those typically Dutch summers that are mainly wet, windy and chilly. It's been raining a lot lately and yesterday I caught this little birdie sheltering from the rain under my grape arbour.
Poor thing, it looks a bit miserable and small wonder with skies like this.
Today it's going to be about 15 C (59 F) at most which feels decidedly autumn-y, not of the good when it's supposed to be the height of summer.
I've been working hard on creating a new border lately and people were expressing concern about my working too hard but there is no risk of that as all that rain has turned my heavy clay into a quagmire. I can't do a thing with my new border now. There's about 3.5 meters to be planted before it will be finished but ..................
with solid mud like this I can't do a thing. I will have to wait until the earth dries out.
So what is a poor gardener to do? Well, in between the relentless showers I nipped into my greenhouse for a bit of basil which I turned into yummy pesto. It's very easy to make and you'll find the recipe here.
I then sliced some tomatoes, spooned a bit of pesto on them, some freshly milled black pepper, a little drizzle of olive oil, a few black Greek olives and then you let it rest for half an hour before eating it. It's scrumptious, very nice to have for lunch with a freshly baked baguette and a chilled glass of white wine. You can also put the slices of tomato on an open sandwich, which is very yummy too.
There is a lot of lavender growing in my garden and I had so much lavender that I didn't know what to do with it, so I made a wreath and hung it in my bathroom. It looks very nice and it smells great too. It's very easy to make and you only need some freshly cut lavender and a bit of thin metal wire and Bob's your uncle.
For the finishing touch I picked a few flowers from my garden to bring a bit of much needed sunshine inside.
copyright 2008 Y.E.W. Heuzen
Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day