In celebration of a Perfect Sunday, we had lunch Al Fresco. Warm sunshine, birds singing, tranquillity.
As I was throwing together the salad, I remembered that we now have life in the garden. Mother Nature is a corker – all my hard work last year has started to reap rewards. Restoring the over-grown mess back to the foundation has turned into a treasure hunt.
In Spring, Tulips and Daffodils once hidden under 11 years of neglect found their way to the light. Azaleas have bloomed with so much enthusiasm that the neighbours have stopped by to comment. And my particular favourite – the herbs. We now have Thai Mint, Oregano, wild strawberries & Lemon Melisse running amok.
And so it was that I grabbed handfuls of lovely leaves, tore them up ‘al Nigella/Jamie style’ and tossed them into the big glass bowl.
“Do you like the salad?” I asked over our lunch.
“Yes, very nice…. “ they all muttered… but Miss Eight stayed remarkably quiet.
“How about YOU, Miss Eight, do YOU like the salad? I put in some lovely fresh mint leaves….”
It is always a concern when she chooses not to make eye-contact….
“Yes Mum, it is really good….tastes like I have just brushed my teeth!”
Don’t think I didn’t hear the rest of them sniggering….