Summer really does seem to have arrived. The days are sunny though the night temperatures can still fall to 16 centigrade. The plants outside are starting to show signs of new growth at last. It has really been a terrible winter, the coldest since 1998 someone said. The wild flowers are looking terrific however. I have been collecting seed on my dog walks. Mostly Ox-eye daisies (Marguerites), Poppies, a yellow Senecio, and Bladderdock. This last one (Rumex vesicaria) is interesting in that it has a high content of antioxidants, has some antibacterial potential and it can be good for your liver. It is used extensively as a folk medecine in India and Saudi Arabia. Collecting the poppy fruits was a bit time consuming but at least each one contains a massive amount of seed. I will sow this tiny tiny seed by mixing it with sand and broadcasting by hand. I love the fruits which are like little salt and pepper shakers. As the wind blows them about the seed is released from the ring of holes near the top.
Goofy is doing well. He is learning to sit and stay. Here he is sitting waiting for his dinner - looking the other way as though food is not really something that concerns him.
We have sorted out our internet and TV. On the hill behind Antigua are the antennas for both, and so we now have two fairly discrete aerials for picking up the internet signal (with which we can access TV channels from any country) and an aerial to pick up the local TV transmissions. The local stations are mostly in Spanish (though occasionally English films) which we watch to help brush up the language.
I must try to write my blog more frequently. I suppose another excuse was that we made a short trip back to England to see everyone and to check on our cottage in Oxfordshire. But, while we were there, we were able to visit daughter Harriet's painting exhibition at South Hill Park, Bracknell - 'One hundred paintings in one hundred days'. Here she is, and it is (was) Day 94!