I had such a lovely day yesterday. I was down at the market at eight o’clock as usual and it was quite bustling. I know you like to know what I got. A pretty little pink Caithness glass vase for fifty pence and a bagful of Georgette Heyer paperbacks for a pound. Plus the week's fruit and veg. of course. A quick whiz round posting and buying odd things, then after a much needed cup of coffee it was off to Pamphill for a car boot sale. This is held a few times a year in aid of St Stephen’s Church. I always enjoy this even if I don’t get anything. It’s hardly ten minutes’ drive away and like another world (pop. 287). The sale is small and friendly and I am hailed on all sides by people I know. Yesterday was just lovely: the fresh green on the avenue of trees (see link just given), bluebells everywhere, absolute quiet apart from birdsong. For the rest of the day I was high on just the beauty of an English spring. As if that weren’t enough I bought some excellent condition Lone Pine paperbacks and a couple of Viragos, then saw a notice saying, ‘Second hand books in church'. Naturally I couldn’t get in fast enough and found another little haul.
Our last indoor NCCPG meeting of the year in the afternoon but even being stuck yet again in the community centre on a beautiful day didn’t dampen my spirits. My friend Diana Guy told us about winning the BBC Gardener’s World Gardener of the Year competition in 2004. It is very hard work indeed. I just looked on the BBC web site and found this:
"We're particularly keen to see more applicants from the Midlands and North," says series producer, Rosemary Edwards. "We always get a huge response from the South, particularly the Dorset and Devon areas, but we are convinced that gardeners in the Midlands and North are just as talented and it would be nice to see more of them."