Once a year, we have our local festival, and the garden is put to proper use. For the last four years, it has been either freezing cold, pouring with rain, or else hot with torrential thunderstorms. In Scotland, you can never, ever, book a date for a barbecue or an outdoor party with even the faintest expectation that the weather will play along.
But this year, everything came together. Warm sunshine in a cloudless sky, and the garden at its peak, with all the (very late) May flowers still in bloom, and the June colour rushing ahead in the warmth. I love seeing people enjoying the garden (especially the dedicated types who start pulling out weeds).
I’m completely knackered. In an hour’s time we shall all get together in our tiny community hall, eat a large amount of food and drink a good deal, and celebrate a remarkably good day. Last year, I ran a Virtual tour of the garden (it was too hot this year). So if you want to join in – feel free.