For lunch I made us some leek and potato soup with the stock from the duck carcass and a splash of cream, garnished with the first sproutings of the chives. Dinner was an interesting dish of pork belly roast over chestnuts, anchovies and stout - sounds weird but it was absolutely delicious and the left overs will go well with some cauliflower cheese for supper tonight.
This morning the garden is shrouded in mist from the river but I am hopeful that as the sun comes up it will burn it off and we should be in for another good day. This weekend is the local game fair and in the past when I have gone it has been terrible weather with lashing rain and freezing wind. However, I am hopeful that this year will be different!!!! I want to have a look for a jacket for Mike which I am hoping to get cheap as it is the end of the season for heavy coats. I may even get Basso to do a scurry retrieve as he seems to be more interested in fetching dummies this year. Last year he was a disaster and ran out pointed to the two dummies then came back without them. I also bought some of the most wonderful Parma ham from an Italian stand so hopefully they may be there again this year.
Every time I pass the green house I think I had better get on and sort it out but it is such a mess that I baulk at the idea and find some other more pressing job to do. I'm sure it is one of those jobs that is not as bad as you think it is going to be, but difficult to get started!!!! Yesterday morning the buds on the magnolia were tightly shut but by the evening they were all opening and looking magnificent. This is such a lovely time of the year as you walk around the garden each day you see something else coming into bloom.
Oh dear Mike has started barking so I guess that is the end of his peaceful sleep and I had better get him a hot drink.
Have a good day all and enjoy the sunshine but don't over do it with the rush of spring enthusiasm!!!!