Late Summer Sun

After another period of intense working for us both, it was a great relief to have another week off and time to get away together. For once the weather was actually kind to us as for three days the temperature reached the mid to late 20s Celsius and we could relax once again clothes free.

We enjoyed Sunday evening at home before grabbing our thing and heading over towards Billericay arriving at the club early on Monday morning.After stopping for supplies at Morrisons we arrived at the club at around 11.30am and didn’t take much persuading for us to get naked as by then the temperature was pushing 30°c.

Once we’d put away our things said a few hellos, I got out the sunbeds, books and ipods and we spent the rest of the scorching day blissfully sunbathing, topping up our already golden allover tans. At around 4.30pm people began to leave and it was then we realised how much the evenings had begun to draw in as by about 6pm the sun was almost setting.

Undaunted by this we carried on until the sun had almost slipped away, before going into the kitchen to prepare a delicious fish salad for dinner. Eating it on the patio you could feel the dip in the temperature but even so we stayed naked.

After dinner and drinks, we went inside for a few more refreshments and some catching up with some other members, of course still observing all the social distancing measures, that have been put in place. Not being big drinkers these days we enjoyed a long chat and couple of drinks before turning in around 10pm.

Tuesday was another hot one, during which we took time out to go for lunch with family, before returning to more relaxed by mid afternoon.
After a good night’s sleep Wednesday dawned a little overcast even so it was a time for me to get some jobs done.

Firstly on the roof and then fixing some mesh around the cabinchaletsheds base hopefully to deter the wildlife from going underneath and burrowing down disturbing the foundations.

During our stay we managed to get the “DenTV” to work again which allowed us to stream the latest ITV drama “Des” which started David Tennant as the notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

By Thursday morning our supplies had all but been exhausted so after having a hearty breakfast of mushrooms and eggs on toast, we collected ourselves and our things and headed back home, where I spent the rest of the day in the garden, while she checked on her work emails.

New Roof

So after surveying the roof, it’s condition and where the rain was coming in, I took a little time just to weigh up what we’re the alternatives to just a plain, felt roof. At the same time planning if also it would mean a whole new boarded roof base too.

We had from the 17th to the 24th of August off, so we decided after visit families on Monday and Tuesday to adjourn to the club on Wednesday, for around 4 days, to hopefully fix the roof and also to do some other remedial tasks and improvements. As well as having aa rest too.

We drove over arriving at around noon and even though it wasn’t always sunny managed to stay naked for the rest of the day, enjoying some sunshine, a nice meal and some drinks afterwards.

Thursday morning dawned bright and once we’d had a couple of early brews and breakfast, decided to get down to the task of fixing the roof. We went off to B & Q after deciding that a new roof and boards would be a very big task, deciding instead to use sheets of bitumen, which would be cheaper and also save a lot of time and effort. This was because it could be fixed on top of the existing roof with specialist nails.

We bought 7 sheets, 2 pots of nails, some felt glue, for the exsisting roof and some paint for the windows, inside and out. Once we’d got all the supplies back, we stripped off and got down to work in the glorious sunshine.

I went up the ladder, putting each sheet in place,before fixing each with the roofing nails. I was pleased to find that for most part the roof was solid and fixing was easy, although in a slight dip in the middle, I needed to pad out the sagging area with some strong hardboard.

After cutting the back sections and fixing it underneath, after a couple of hours it was all done with only the corrubit foam filler to put in and the sides to nail down.

The next job I did, was to fix some new doors on the back box, which was fairly straightforward as they fitted nice and snug, after that I used the Dulux weathershield paint which I’d been storing for around five years.

This was to paint the doors and also the side of the cabinchaletshed which had begun to fade, the paint after a stir went on well. My other half meantime painted the windows outside, transforming it from a tired looking black to a shade of creamy white which made all the difference.

Get Growing


Don’t let your vegetable plot stand empty and neglected over winter. There are plenty of winter vegetables to grow throughout the coldest months. Growing winter vegetables allows you to extend the season, and many vegetables that can be grown in winter will produce earlier crops than spring plantings.


If you were really organised in late spring/ early summer then you will have already grown some winter vegetable plants such as Winter Cabbage, Kale and  Brussels Sprouts. These will be well under way by autumn and you will already have started planting your winter vegetables outdoors.


But don’t worry if it slipped your mind – there are lots of tasty vegetables to grow in winter that can be still sown this autumn.

Vegetables to grow outdoors in winter

Most winter vegetable plants are fully hardy and will cope well with cold winter weather, but if hard frosts threaten then you can always throw some fleece across them to provide some extra protection.Most can be planted or sown directly outdoors to ensure that your winter vegetable garden is fully stocked.


1. Onions and Shallots

Autumn planting onion sets are easy to grow and will virtually look after themselves over winter. Onions have a long growing season and won’t be ready for harvesting until next summer, so you will need to plan carefully as they will still be in the ground when you start planting other crops in spring. Onion ‘First Early’ is a popular and reliable variety or for a brightly coloured red onion try Onion ‘Electric’. In recent years Shallots have become more popular with the trendy gardener. Autumn planting ‘Echalote Grise’ is a particularly choice variety for its intense and concentrated flavour.


2. Garlic

Growing garlic couldn’t be easier and there are lots of varieties to choose from for autumn planting. Like onions, they have a long growing season and won’t be ready to harvest until next summer, but it is well worth the wait! ‘Wight Cristo’ is well suited to most culinary dishes, but if you enjoy the fuller flavour of baked garlic, then try the attractive variety ‘Chesnok Red’ for its delicious creamy texture. For true garlic fans (and customers with vampire problems) T&M offers a full collection that will provide you with bumper crops of garlic.


3. Spring Onions

Winter hardy varieties of Spring onion make a tasty accompaniment to winter salads. They are a fairly quick growing crop and early autumn sowings should be ready to harvest by early spring. Spring Onion ‘White Lisbon’ is a popular and reliable winter hardy variety.


4. Perpetual Spinach

Perpetual spinach makes an excellent ‘cut and come again’ crop that will produce huge yields of tasty leaves. Early autumn sowings will keep you supplied with tender young leaves throughout winter and with regular harvesting it will continue to crop well into summer! Be sure to remove the flowers to prevent it running to seed.


5. Broad Beans

Autumn sown broad beans can be harvested in spring up to a month earlier than spring sown plants. Broad Bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ is one of the best for autumn sowings, being particularly quick to establish. Once the plants are well grown you can even use the plant tips – they are delicious wilted with a little butter.


6. Peas

Enjoy an early crop of peas next spring. Autumn sowings of rounded varieties such as Pea ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ and Pea ‘Meteor’ are particularly hardy and will give you a head start next season. You will be the envy of the allotment when you start harvesting peas 3 or 4 weeks earlier than other growers!


7. Asparagus

If you have plenty of space then why not plant a permanent asparagus bed this autumn. Choose an autumn planting variety such as Asparagus ‘Mondeo’ or the colourful variety ‘Pacific Purple’. Although asparagus beds take several years to establish, each asparagus crown can produce up to 25 spears per year and will continue cropping for 25 years. You will need to be patient with this crop as it will be 2 years before you can harvest them properly – but the promise of tender, home grown asparagus spears is well worth the wait.


Vegetables to grow in the greenhouse in winter

Growing winter vegetables outdoors will make good use of your plot, but there are some crops that will need a little protection from the cold. These vegetables to grow over winter can be sown into cells and transplanted later into the soil borders of an unheated greenhouse, or grown under polytunnels, cloches and cold frames.


8. Winter Salads

Salads are not just for summer! Sow tasty ‘cut and come again’ mixes such as ‘The Good Life Mix’ under cover for harvesting throughout the winter months. Plant rows of Lambs Lettuce, Land Cress and Mustard alongside to add a spicy, peppery flavour to your winter salads. For tasty, crisp heads of Lettuce you can also try Lettuce ‘Winter Gem’.


9. Carrots

For an exceptionally early crop of carrots in spring try growing Adelaide. This fast-maturing variety can be sown as early as November in the greenhouse and as late as July outdoors.


10. Pak Choi

This dual purpose oriental vegetable can be harvested young throughout the winter as individual salad leaves, or let the heads mature and add the succulent stems to stir fries. Pak Choi is quick to mature and packed full of healthy vitamins A and C as well as Calcium, Iron and Folic Acid. Although it is often grown as a summer crop, Pak Choi can still be sown in late summer for transplanting under cover in autumn.


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More People Getting Naked…..

More People Getting Naked During Coronavirus Lockdown

By Cecilia Rodriguez

While connected to the current heat wave in sweltering Europe and to changes in attitude about the body, polls show that a rising popularity of nudism in many countries of the world is also linked to Covid-19 confinement.

Naturists associations have been noting the interest in nudism and increases in their membership during the coronavirus pandemic — and the media is paying attention: “You Can Leave Your Mask On: Nudists Wear Just One Item in Covid Times,” the Wall Street Journal headlines a recent story. The take in Vice: “The Ongoing Battle to Convince Nudists to Wear Face Masks,” while The Telegraph runs with “Clothes off, masks on: America’s nudist resorts reopen.” France 24 reports that “Nudists adapt to Covid times,” as CTVNews reports on “Getting naked in quarantine: Interest peaks in nudist lifestyle.”

In other words, nudism has become a thing.

The renewed interest in shedding clothes as people flock to beaches, mountains, nature trails and resorts in this hot summer has been linked to the hunger to experience a new sense of freedom as we emerge from months of lockdowns or, as Vice explains,“some go nude to eliminate materialistic barriers.”

Nudism on the rise

The fact is that naturists associations from Britain, France, Italy and the United States, among others, are reporting increases in membership over recent months — by as much as 31% between May and July in the case of Ireland, for example, as reported by Newstalk.

“The number of new people joining us has almost tripled since the beginning of the U.K. lockdown at the end of March,” British Naturism’s commercial manager, Andrew Welch, told CNN.

“Now that more people are working from home, Welch believes that “fewer people are worried about what to wear – or haven’t bothered with clothes at all.” British Naturism has registered over 370 new members since the pandemic began.

For Laurent Luft, president of the Association des Naturistes de Paris (ANP), a very active nudists’ group operating since 1953, the rise of interest in nudism could be due to the fact that “when you’re feeling confined and closed in…taking your clothes off becomes a way to free yourself a little. So, even in our tiny little Parisian apartments, with no gardens and sometimes no balcony or anything, we still have that possibility.”

Naturism goes virtual

As is the case for the travel and tourism industry, with trips largely curtailed and vacation resorts across the world suffering from cancellations, nudists’ destinations are no exception. No different than their clothed counterparts, naturist travelers have had to cancel holidays and business owners are struggling with the financial implications.

It helps that over the past few months of lockdown and like many other organizations, nudists associations have shifted to virtual platforms to offer novel approaches including nude yoga, gym classes, cooking seminars and creative competitions such as the World Naked Gardening Day photo contest.

The French Naturist Federation has been hosting live streams and posed at-home challenges for their members during lockdown — events including staging nature photoshoots and organizing a competition for the best naked gardening pictures, among other activities, with a clear condition: Members should comply with face masks.

Luft, from Paris’s ANP (which in normal times organizes naked visits to art galleries, clothing-optional bowling nights and sunbathing au naturel in the designated nudist sheltered spot in Paris’s Bois de Vincennes) confirms the shift: “People have been following our videos and sent emails saying, ‘You’ve inspired us to give it a go.’”

The Irish Naturist Association, which marks more than 50 years of naturism, is also connecting members virtually through a full calendar of social activities including coffee-shop hangouts and celebrating the World Naked Gardening Day.

The naturist community’s pivot toward the virtual world has allowed the associations to stay alive and permitted more people to connect with like-minded individuals in their countries and across the globe.

Leticia Medina, event coordinator for the Irish Naturist Association, told Insider that the organization’s international chats attract nudists from Mexico, France, Spain, Britain, Brazil, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, among others.

Naked with masks? The big question

“Stripping off and sharing a hot tub with other naked humans might not seem like the best thing to do in a pandemic,” muses The Telegraph in an article about the big question around nudists’ circles: When wearing a face mask, are you really naked?

“But being around naked people is no different to being around those with clothes when it comes to the spread of coronavirus – if rules are being adhered to,” the paper adds.

As more crudely explained by TMZ, “the face mask controversy is officially everywhere, because even nudist resorts are requiring guests to cover up, a decision that’s chapping some bare asses.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that while most nude resort visitors are taking the one-piece-of-clothing rule in stride, there are others who refuse. A clothing-free resort in Connecticut, the paper explains, prides itself on a “no tan lines” motto. So, it’s been a difficult adjustment and some guests have complained of mask’s tan lines.

Nakationing: clothes-free vacationing

“Across America, state and local governments are easing lockdowns and travel restrictions and nudist resorts began reopening in mid-May with changes in place such as social distancing,” The Telegraph reports.

Before the lockdown, the paper explains, ‘nakationing’ – clothes-free holidays – in the U.S. “was a multibillion dollar-a-year industry, with Florida laying claim to more nudist resorts than any other state and millennials and Gen Xers driving the experience forward as a travel trend. Even globally, nude recreation and travel accounted for a healthy $400 million slice of the industry’s fiscal pie.”

As with others in the tourism industry, nudists destinations are “trying to climb back to some sense of normality.” To get there, they most obey and establish health and safety protocols for the protection of guests and staff.

But, for some, as Vice writes, “covering your face contradicts the naturist lifestyle.”

With or without controversy, and with or without clothes, as Luft explains to CNN, “people want to be totally naked and the mask is a covering. But this isn’t an item of clothing. It’s about health and safety.”

Even Cap d’Agde, a well-known seaside nudist destination considered the largest naturist resort in the world, Vice explains, “where you find supermarkets, boutiques, hair salons and even a post office with a recommended undress code, visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask with their birthday suit.”

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Leaky roof but little rain

So the weekend came and went and overall its was quite enjoyable. We didn’t go over to the club on Friday night as planned as it was so hot,so we stayed home naked instead.

Saturday was hot,very hot and as usual we had to tidy around the house and gather together our supplies first,which meant a trip to Morrisons on the way. Once we arrived it didn’t take long for us to get out of our clothes and enjoy the sun which was still beating down.

A quick survey of the ceiling inside gave vent to my worst fear,we have a leaky roof. I had my suspicions last year,but what with a wet winter and the UV damage caused to the felt,you can see it lagging in the middle. I did manage to put a tarpaulin over the top which may hopefully stop most of the rain seeping in.

This was our first post covid visit and measures had obviously been put in place so some areas were out of bounds. On Saturday there weren’t that many people about six I think, including ourselves, but on Sunday it was different with probably around 20-25 including another couple with a leaky roof to fix.

Saturday evening was spent pleasantly enjoy a pint or two,while social distancing,while Sunday we sunbathe until about noon before getting dressed and heading once more to the supermarket.

Monday my day off, I spent “surprise surprise” clothes free in the garden,I managed to get many of the jobs I’d put off recently,leaving just the edges and weeding to do.

It has been a period of exceedingly hot weather with the mercury hitting an uncomfortable 36°C working has been almost unbearable at times it also means too I have to water at least twice a day,just to keep all the plants alive.

Best Compost Mixes

Best compost for potting and more…….

If you find it daunting to be faced with bag upon bag of compost piled high at the garden centre, consult our handy guide below to familiarise yourself with the types of potting compost and their suitability for the different stages of plant growth.

There are many, many different types of compost. And it’s not always clear which is the best compost to use for your particular job or task. The compost area in garden centres are often made up of bags and bags that don’t really explain what they are best used for.

To help you work out what the best compost is for potting, we’ve compiled a simple guide to individual composts from ericaceous, to multi-purpose. You should be able to find the best type of compost for your pots.

If you’re looking for peat free compost, we’ve flagged up the types for you and don’t forget compost additions, such as fertiliser too.

CompostsMulti-Purpose Compost

Pretty much what it says on the tin. Suitable for use in all garden situations and at all stages of growth.

Seed Compost

A potting mix much lower in nutrients than other soil types so as not to overwhelm seeds, and often mixed with sand to create a finer texture to give seeds the best chance of germination.

John Innes Compost Range

A range of compost formulas celebrated for their soil-based content. John Innes mixes are widely used in both professional and home gardens. Some still contain peat (see below), while others use peat alternatives. Check before buying.

John Innes No.1

Use to pot up young seedlings to allow them to establish before being planted out in their final growing position.

John Innes No.2

With a rich nutrient content to feed plants for longer, this formula also helps stabilise plants grown in containers.

John Innes No.3

The richest of the three. Suitable for the final repotting of mature plants that are destined to remain in their pot for a number of years.

Ericaceous Compost

Developed to promote the health of plants needing acid soil conditions,such as rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and blueberries.

 

What about peat and peat alternative compost?

Thanks to its capacity to hold water and nutrients, peat has been used extensively for gardening over the past 50 years. But the environmental impact of extracting peat is a concern and more gardeners are increasingly turning to peat-free alternatives, which perform just as well.

However, peat-free and reduced-peat mixes vary in consistency. Read the packaging carefully to make sure it is the right product for your plants. It may be necessary to add a specific fertiliser alongside the compost to achieve a suitable growing medium.

Can you use old compost?

Bags of unused or old compost will start to break down and may not perform as well as they would when fresh. Add it to the compost bin, along with other clippings and mix well with plenty of harder material such as straw or cardboard.Soil fertiliser and other compost additions.

It is often necessary to add to compost to improve drainage, water retention or nutrients when planting in containers, as essential elements are much more limited in pots than in the soil. Here is a list of some of the most commonly used additions.

Horticultural Grit

Available in different sizes depending on the desired use. Mix small aggregates into compost to improve aeration and drainage or top dress containers with a more decorative type to mask the appearance of bare soil.

Leaf Mould

A soil conditioner made using fallen autumn leaves collected from the garden. Takes around two years to break down, but once well rotted, leaf mould can be mixed with soil to use as a potting compost.

Fish, Blood and Bone

Worked into the soil throughout the growing season, blood, fish and bone provides a natural source of three major nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – to encourage healthy plant growth.

Biochar

A form of charcoal made with untreated woody waste that remains stable in the soil and helps improve soil structure and water retention, and enhance beneficial microbial activity.

Liquid Seaweed

Rich in micro-nutrients and a sustainable resource. Natural alternative to synthetic or animal-based fertilisers for encouraging healthy production of flowers and fruit. Apply during flowering season.

Slow-Release Fertiliser

Concentrated source of plant nutrients, which have no or little effect on soil structure or fertility but will help to combat plant deficiencies. These fertilisers degrade slowly and are dependent on soil temperature.

Hydroleca

Pebble-like in appearance, hydroleca has the capability to absorb a large amount of water and then release it slowly to keep plants hydrated. Use as a pot topping, or in place of crocks for drainage.

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Time away,holiday season has arrived

So it’s been a time of ifs, buts and when’s even a few ‘whats’ this year, with all the upheavals, so obviously things would change and this has meant I’ve been posting less.

It’s mainly because my PC has been disconnected, as she works from home which leaves me blogging from my phone. It doable but inconvenient however it’s a labour or love and not something that’s vital.

Recently I have had some time off, which enabled us to see my son up in the North East, for the first time in nearly 4 years and also it enables us to have some quality time together which was great.

On the way back we visited RHS Harlow Carr near Harrogate, which was good too although we visited on a damp and cloudy Monday morning.

We of course had to book first but we had no problem getting in and took a look at the alpine house just on the right at the top of the hill.

We then walked down the hill and had a first glimpse of the charming little brook flowing along the contours of the slope.

After an hour or so of intermittent showers we decided to head off,going through the plant shop although we didn’t buy anything.

Geoffrey Smith the late writer,broadcaster and Gardeners World presenter was Superintendent at Harlow from 1954 to 1974.

Even so this gave us a good idea of what it was like and it made a good stopover,during a journey of over 5 hours.

The rest of the week was spent chillin, but by Thursday she’d gone back to work,while I spent the last two days of my time off in the garden.

Luckily for me it was the hottest days of the week, which allowed me to be clothes free for nearly the whole time. During this time I managed to fix the bird table,mow the lawn,deadhead the plants, water constantly and also do some painting. It wasn’t too much just touching up some wooden planters and giving the remodeled bird table a fresh coat.

After that I tidied up the raised beds and also sowed some fill in crops, via seeds these were: Mixed Salad Leaves- Johnsons, Lettuce – Lollo Rossa – King Seeds,Beetroot- Boltardy.

All in all a time well spent,while on Monday this week I popped over to our naturist club to check on the ‘cabinchaletshed’ which I not been to in almost a year.

From previous experiences, I’d half expect it to be surrounded with long grass and nettles and also some tall flowering weeds,so I was pleasantly surprised to find it long, but not too bad and no tall flowering weeds.

After stripping off and collecting the strimmer which I’d bought with me within a couple of hours it was all done. There was no sign of mice or rat activity either, which was a huge relief,although I think it needs repainting and a few minor improvements, but that can wait till another time.

At about noon I said my goodbyes got dressed and headed home, hopefully to return again this coming weekend.

Easing Down a little

As we move into our last four working days before a well earned week off, things have moved on a little in the United Kingdom and restrictions have eased slightly, following the nationwide lockdown.Hotels and B&B’s have reopened,National Trust and RHS Gardens are open too and thankfully we received news last night, that our naturist club will reopen this weekend.This weekend though we are going away to visit family in Northumberland, so we won’t be there, but as we have until Friday off too, we could make our first visit since August last year.I wait with baited breath and fingers crossed that the ‘cabinchaletshed’ has escaped unhindered from the elements and the wildlife, that is in abundance in the surrounding countryside that the club sit in.I’m more worried about rodents than anything as the cabinchaletshed is as its name says basically a “glorified shed”. In the past it’s been ok with the only activity in the back box,but we’ll just have to wait and see.Hopefully over the weekend we will be able to visit some National Trust properties in the North of England,while I’m looking forward to visiting RHS Harlow Carr garden, hopefully sometime on Monday on the way home.Yesterday was as usual my day off and fortunately it was a nice sunny day affording me a good few clothes free hours sorting out the garden.During this time I managed to fix the new flower bed surround fence,deadhead most of the flowering plants,clear the veg patch ofovergrown veg and also cut the lawn too.The most satisfying job though was to repot the left over tomato plants,which had began to grow fast,as well as getting the others out of the greenhouse and tied them up, as they’d had begun to spread all over the place.I had tied them up before but as these were the masakota variety, they need extra support as they are a dwarf bush variety, very bushy but heavy cropping.Allround I was pleased with my day which also included two spells of watering, the second late in the day.Hopefully next week when we get home, I can sow some more lettuce in one of the raised beds, but I deferred it from this week as theres no one around to water next weekend.

A weekend off

So after eight weeks of hard work and toil, I finally reached the time when I actually got more than one day off in a row. A long weekend was better than nothing and we managed to get out on Saturday,have family over on Sunday while on Monday I managed to spend most of the day in the garden. After getting around to deadheading and cutting the lawn on Saturday and Sunday,by Monday I’d little to do apart from planting two Cordyline Red Stars and tidy the potting shed. Once I’d potted up the Cordylines I looked around,what a mess somewhere had to be done. About 20 minutes later and armed with an old dismantled wardrobe that was cluttering up my potting shed,I decided to upcycle it and make it into a planter of sorts.Luckily it was made of good strong proper timber so I had plenty of scope to make something useful. The wardrobe had round feet which gave me the idea and in the end it turned out near perfect.Most of the wardrobe was made from sturdy pine which made good sides and the shaped top and bottom made a great feature on the planter.Once it was all put together a coat of green fence care gave it a look of an upmarket planter and totally disguised its former incarnation. It even rained during the night to test its waterproofing.I put a photo of before and after on Facebook Gardeners World group and got great comments and likes that numbered well over a thousand,my best ever feedback.

As normal as can be

So we’ve hopefully got through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic with such horrendous loss of life that its now just a case of being sensible and making sure it doesn’t return with any kind of vengeance.

For us it’s been a time where my better half has worked from home,while for me I had seven weeks on furlough and the last eight I’ve been back at work. While having a lengthy break was nice,a routine was lacking and even gardening everyday became a chore.

Now I’m back in a routine of six day weeks fitting in a length spell in the garden has been difficult. Spending all day on my feet at least half of my day off has to be spent recuperating or catching some extra sleep. The garden I have to let tick over,doing the bare minimum to still keep it looking good.

Finally after two months of dry weather it eventually rained last week giving everything a good soak,also the pond got a much needed top up too. I think from now on unless heavy rain is forecast I will have to water at least twice a day as leaving things till the evening just seems to put stress on the plants.

Naturist activities are on hold as the club is now unfortunately out of bounds because of the pandemic,so any clothes free sunbathing pleasures have to be held at home,when the weather allows. After seven weeks of being naked inside and outside at home,just a change of scenery would be nice now as work take presidence fully clothed obviously with no comfort in the sweltering climate.

With most of the plants in the garden finally coming around in the normal British conditions I have been able to add some plants to the collection namely a Bromeliad.

I also picked up some Dianthus as well as three various Gardenia,which have added some colour on the patio. My climbing rose looks great with blooms everywhere and I’m also pleased with the vegetables in the planter down the end.