Al fresco

First al fresco breakfast of the year today.  There’s a bit of terrace outside the back door with a two-person cafe table and three basket chairs.  It’s an early morning suntrap and completely private.

Two chairs for us;  the third for the Saturday newspapers and supplements and for putting the feet up.

Red and gold tulips (a bit garish, actually, though there’s quite a lot of yellow about in the garden at the moment) stand colourfully to attention on the low wall at the edge of the lawn and at the far side of the pond and overhanging the water, the Japanese maple (Acer palmatum dissectum for anyone who cares) has come into leaf;  the softest, most graceful mound of deepest red.

Blue sky, birds twittering, one frog making his presence felt with the odd croak from under the ivy beneath the Viburnum, blackbirds pecking crumbs on the bird table and a pair of particularly dense, half-tame wood pigeons nesting on a branch overhanging the path – which I expect to get lower and lower when the chicks hatch.

Scrambled egg, mushrooms and tomatoes on granary brown toast.  Jasmine tea.

So nice to sit reading, feeling the warmth of sun on skin.


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6 Responses to Al fresco

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    Yes, it feels like summer might be back on track today doesn’t it. Whoopee.
    I had indoor breakfast but with windows open – poached egg on bread baked last night, pot of coffee. Delicious.
    I like the description of the branch that you expect to get lower and lower as the pigeon babies grow.
    Where I live was two hundred years ago a nursery famous for its tulips, so when we had the Good Gardeners they took that fact on board and planted lots of lovely varieties that come up each spring, despite the predations of the squirrels.

  2. valzone says:

    Gosh Jan, that makes me feel better just reading it, summer is coming, much warmer today here too, whooppee.

  3. Brendano says:

    Yum. Sounds good (not just the food).

    It’s rarely that we get to eat outside, more’s the pity.

    • janh1 says:

      Hi Isobel – so you have tulips too. I must add a pic. You’ll see what I mean about a bit garish but not too bad.

      The sap is rising, then Val. Excellent 🙂

      Hi Brendano. Sorry you don’t get to eat al fresco much. I should really have been born Italian – the long lingering relaxed family lunches in the shade of the vines. Pretty good!

  4. IsobelandCat says:

    Not garish at all. Just gorgeous. Though even I, no gardener, know not all those pictures are tulips. Isn’t that apple blossom?
    My first mosaic was a tulip.

    • janh1 says:

      Yup apple blossom. The small Spartan tree is absolutely covered in it this year. Going to have to do a lot of thinning if all that turns into little apples!

      I like the last pic best. That little stunted polyanthus has raised itself in a dry pot in a forgotten corner and produced one flower of intense colour. More a testament to its powers of survival than my gardening skills, which in this case were nil.

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