Thanks for all the plant suggestions from my last post - the definitive answer is Knautia Macedonia, confirmed by the garden's owner!
One of my best friends has been on holiday down here for the last couple of weeks, and I've managed to meet up with her several times. Last week we picniced on the beach at Prussia Cove, one of my favourite places. Ever. We played frisbee, dipped our toes in the sea, and talked non-stop for several hours. Just catching up on life, you know how it is.
I came home with a bag full of summer reading - Jo always saves her paperbacks for me, either posting them on, or like this time, when we actually get to meet, a big supply in one go!
My book group is on its summer break, so I'll have a bit more time to delve in to these. Anybody out there read any of them already? Any comments or reviews? On sunday I woke with a splitting headache of the hormonal variety. Being upright was not an option, but tea and a book in bed most definitely was, so long as I kept very still! The sun was shining outside, yet again the sky was blue, and I can see the sea from my bed (just have to ignore what's between my bedroom window and the sea itself) so it was a good location for reading and recovery. By lunchtime I'd transferred to the steamer chair in the garden, and that is where I remained until I'd read Jonathan Coe's The Rain Before It Falls, from cover to cover. I loved it, just couldn't stop turning the pages. Compulsive, evocative of times passed, haunting..... I have to admit I felt quite decadent, lounging all day. Especially as by the time I went and sat in the garden my pounding head was becoming a distant memory. But then sometimes you need a day like that.
Yesterday Jo and I met up one more time - I drove over to Helford where she's staying, and we walked to nearby Manaccan (accompanied by her son, and Walter dog) for lunch at this new-ish cafe. Stylish, simple, and delicious food, too. I do love it when friends visit my neck of the woods.