I wiled away the beginning of the afternoon outside in the garden reading the last chapters of The Family Way. There were swallows swooping in and out of the garden and it was really pleasant out there with Purrdy lying asleep between my feet. The hollyhocks seem to have flowered overnight - I'm sure they weren't out yesterday.
It look as if I need to sweep up round the terrace plants. I tend to pop out for a moment, deadhead and drop them on the floor before going back inside again. I ought to have a bucket with me, but it's always a spur of the moment thing. You can see all my empty egg cartons piled up on the kitchen windowsill, waiting to be filled with duck and hen eggs. Unfortunately, I only have three laying hens at the moment, as I'm waiting for two lots of chicks to come up to point of lay which will at different times during August.
This is a photo of the Escholzia - Californian Poppy, spilling out onto the shingle by the staddlestone.
I've cheated here, because this was the day before yesterday, with Purrdy have a little clean up on the rain sprinkled table I was reading at.
My two sunflowers from the terrace. From inside the sitting room I can see the sunlight through the leaves and petals which is really lovely and I'll think I'll grow some under the window again next year as they don't seem to take the light away at all.