I’ve been potting up seedlings over the last few days. I’m doing it quite gradually because I like potting up seedlings and I haven’t really got all that many. I used to grow lots of plants – twenty, twenty-five years ago, I grew them for Ro’s school fete, where I always ran the plant stall. Other people brought along plants too, of course, but at least three-quarters of them were provided by me. I didn’t just grow from seed, I also bought seedlings from seed companies and potted them up, which was an economical way of having several hundred flower plants to sell on. I reckoned the cost of the seeds and seedlings, plus the pots and compost, were my donation and the profit to the school was a bonus. Check out the parable of the talents…
After that, I grew them for Al’s shop, but he sold that business four and a half – I think – years ago. And now I am trying to restrain myself and plant what we actually need. I like growing a lot of variety though and it’s not that easy. I’m restricting myself to three seeds of each tomato variety, for instance, when I really want fifty plants to care for.
The piano tuner says that the reason the piano goes out of tune quite badly is because there are various things that need tightening up – you may remember that it was pretty well totally rebuilt, at considerable cost, and everything replaceable was replaced. But since then, things have dried out and shrunk somewhat and so there’s wiggle room. At least it’s playable now, but he’s going to come and spend a day on it; for which he isn’t going to charge as he reckons it’s part of the renovation job.
Also due to be renovated is the roof at the back of the garage/workshop buildings. Someone is coming to look and advise on Friday – he can’t do the work for another year, but I’m sure he’ll help out with the running repairs – at present, there’s water in the coal shed.
In addition, I’ve taken on membership of our local and very young vineyard. I hope it will become a going concern, it’s a young couple who have invested all their time and money into it and they’re getting a good deal of support. English wine can be lovely, the first bottles of this one are due to be ready later this year and we’ll be among the first drinkers. This club membership is a present for LT really, though I’ve put it in our joint names, because after all, we’ll both be visiting the vineyard and drinking the wines.
I have a lot of books waiting to be read. I’m reading more and buying more but I’m buying quicker than reading. So nose down for an early night.