A pair of Wellington boots
A pair of Wellington boots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The weather on Saturday was so much fresher and cooler too, just as I like it though the wind picked up a little, just as I don’t like it. It was however quite pleasant, a day for doing things outdoors. There were things to be done in the garden though none of them were absolutely necessary to be done immediately, in fact one is better to be done when it is Autumn and when there are no ants scurrying about and making a nuisance of themselves. There is a small area adjacent to the natural stone path I laid around the mound last year which needs finishing off.  I need to lay some more stone where the path joins with the flower bed and the concrete paving in that spot but at the moment ants have been too busy and have made their presence known whenever I have been removing weeds. I don’t want to be overrun with ants whilst I am working. When I laid the path last year I was wearing toe protecting Wellington boots because I was handling large slabs of stone and if there were any ants to worry about I doubt they’d have remained on my boots for long. The ground was being disturbed too much for them to stay in the area but this smaller area requires that I am kneeling down and would most definitely be covered with them in minutes. So no work of that nature in the garden until the weather cools down considerably. It was nice weather for walking though so in the afternoon I did just that. Over the last couple of weeks I have worked on Saturday morning but only because the work was either in the form of an emergency or it was easy to do. I do not encourage people to ask that I work on a weekend, after all I need the rest too. I am usually asked because the caller works during the week and is only at home on a Saturday or Sunday and they can’t be bothered to take a day or a morning off work. Saturdays and Sundays are usually the only days I can ensure to have to myself to do the things I want or to do the things I need to do at home. I can never be sure that someone won’t call me during the week to do a job for them, even when I deliberately take that day off. My only recourse is to switch off my phone and sometimes I will do that. Messages can always be left. It is approaching the time of year I like most, the Autumn and I can feel it in the air.

Shirley Anne