It was lovely to catch up with old friends – Paul’s two sisters called here a few weeks ago and it was the first time we’d seen them for years. I’ve seen Paul and Jenny more recently, as I’ve visited them a few times when I’ve been staying with Wink, but Russell usually stays at home. Oddly enough, now that Al & co have moved out so that it’s a lot less easy to get away, he’s talking about holidays and visits. I suppose it’s the effect of having retired from auctioneering, but he really could have taken breaks if he’d ever wanted to. I have a feeling he’s starting to think he’s been missing out, which is a pity, but it hasn’t been for want of invitations, particularly from me.
Several people have mentioned how fine the delphiniums are this year. I don’t know the reason – maybe the cold spring suited them, in that slower top growth let them build up their roots more strongly? Anyway, a few pictures to show you what I mean.