Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Gardening and reading

I didn't sleep well last night. I woke up at 1.30 a.m. feeling very shivery (a reaction to the flu jab I had yesterday). I then slept for a bit but woke again at 2.30 a.m. feeling thirsty, so I had to get up to get the bottle of water from my study. I then slept until 4.30 when I needed to visit the bathroom, and then was finally woken by the alarm at 7 a.m.

Other than being tired due to the broken night's sleep, I felt fine this morning so I decided to seize the opportunity of the last dry day for some time and did a final cut on the front grass. I put the blades at the highest setting, but the mower has just tidied everything to the same length which will keep it neat until the spring. I need to do a lot of tidying round the edges, especially at the back, but that can be done whenever there's a dry interval over the winter.

After putting everything away in the garage and having lunch, I felt very tired, so I had a lie down and read for a while. I'm reading the Welsh novel Blasu which is more literary and not so much of a page turner as the Myfanwy Alexander books, but I'm getting more into it now. It helped when I realised that the first three chapters are from 3 different first person viewpoints. Also the old woman in the first chapter is not the old women in Chapter 2, she is the 6 year-old girl. This is what comes of ignoring the heading on the page at the start of each chapter and just reading the recipe. Blasu means to taste or relish and there is a different recipe at the start of every chapter. I am rather tempted to try making the ginger cake which is the recipe at the start of Chapter 2, but not so much the barley porridge that introduces Chapter 3.

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