Ro is getting on fine at his new place. He says food costs surprisingly little – this is largely because he always cooks meals from scratch, rarely cooks meat and his landladies grow lots of vegetables. He would like to take some eggs back with him though – this is hardly surprising; I find supermarket eggs disappointing.
“So,” I said “you did the right thing moving out?” “Yeah”, he answered casually, not realising that he was supposed to be polite about it.
Very cheesed off to get my credit card bill today and discover that the day that payment is to be cleared by is today. I’ll have to ring up and tell them. If the Sage hadn’t happened to notice it, I’d have been charged interest. I trust they sensibly respond to reason (but I expect they will, can’t see why not).
Both the Bishops look very well and the whole do was very pleasant and hospitable. At one point, a chap came along with a microphone, and said he’d noticed that several cars were parked on the grass outside the Bishop’s House. “That’s not under our jurisdiction,” he said. “No tickets have been given out yet, but it’s only a matter of time, so if those people would like to drive in, they’re welcome.” Three men got up and hurried out. It was so much more pleasant than just being warned, don’t you think? Just as the Bishop of Norwich came in the marquee, it started to rain. Within a minute or two, there was a deluge. Conversation stopped as we couldn’t hear each other speak. A few people who had been caught outside came hurrying in, with or without umbrellas. Our party had done rather well, in fact. We’d arrived promptly at the start, been round the gardens and were early in the line for tea. When there was a queue of 50 or so, we felt pretty damn smug. I took a few photos but it felt a bit touristy for a guest, so only to remind me of particular plants. There was a gardener at work – “those ground elder in flower behind the bergenia are rather pretty – have you got them in containers for effect?” asked Bridget. “No, that area needs weeding,” he admitted.