This little chaffinch always seems to come to the bird table when we sit outside. I like to think that he is the one I saved several months ago after crashing into the window (him not me). I gave him Reiki in the hope it would help him (I thought it was worth a try) and I also hummed 'Let Him Live' from Les Mis. I was pulling out all the stops for this little bird. Eventually he seemed to come to and flew into a bird box that was nearby. Phew, was I happy. Yes I'm sure it's the same one that comes to say Hi to me with his own version of Twitter.
Because our garden is a very damp garden, with brooks running through it, the plants don't seem to have suffered too much with all the hot weather. The blue in the above photo is water forget-me-not and is sitting in a pond along with water mint. It has to be thinned out quite a bit as they both spread like mad. I don't mind donning my waders and getting in there, but recently when I have gone near the pond I have heard quite a load splash and something dives below the surface. I have taken my camera with me in the hope of getting a photo of whatever it is, but no luck so far. I'm sure I would freak out if something touched my waders while I was in there so this job might be delegated to my husband Alistair until we can find out whats living in there. He reckons it's a giant alligator!
The summerhouse is in need of a scrub down and a lick of paint but I quite like things a bit 'rustico', as they say in Spain. There's a fridge in there which is great for picnics, and I've just bought a bargain of a day bed at auction (£20). Shame I ended up paying £50 to get it delivered as daughter's van wasn't available.
Here are Lucca and Achilles the Spanish cat, they are best of friends. Lucca is a Maremma as I've mentioned before and is happy resting in the shade with his sister Kiki.
I had hand surgery in June and am only now able to hold a paintbrush, camera etc properly. Although still a bit painful, the actual carpal tunnel symptoms have now disappeared. Please, please let this be the last of having to have anything else done. I'm now getting to work on producing surface pattern designs for fabric and wallpaper among other things, so I will be building a new website for that and revamping this website.