Hello again and thank you so much for your lovely comments on “Crossing the Finish Line”. It is just marvellous to have that particular cloud of uncertainty and stress lifted from us. For the Dafter, exams were not the Finish Line. Prom, last week, was the equivalent of the final exam of social life. She’s not the sort of person to relish the prospect of a formal dinner dance at a swanky hotel, but she wanted to spend the night with her friends. It was very warm indeed for Glasgow: 28C / 82F and very humid. But she went, on her crutches, and was glad she did:
All growed up! Blossoming, even!
The beginning of June has been full of appointments, since I delayed all the May ones. Last week the Dafter had four appointments and I had one, within four days. And as I mentioned, it was very warm. Good drying weather. I discovered that Tilly, who like most cats will hop in an empty box or basket in the house, is equally happy to do so outdoors in plain sight. Here Tilly is having a sun-bath:
The garden has required watering, which is a very unusual thing here. But it has rewarded us with wonderful flowers:
When the rains finally came two nights ago, some of the stems of my Kansas peony snapped. Next year I will have to stake them higher up:
The roses are all blooming. I don’t think I ever had a rose in bloom before the very end of June in Aberdeen, so this is such a treat. (The number of times we drove to Harris in July with a bouquet of roses in the car – because I had waited so long for those roses I wasn’t about to miss out on a week of them!!)
I’m sure the animals can feel the drop in tension level in the house:
We continue to work with the rats every evening. We now understand that they were quite neglected at the pet shop where we bought them, where they were probably never handled except to be caught. They are highly strung and even after eight months in a loving home, fearful to leave their cage, and reluctant to be handled. They’re about ten months old and a lot smaller than it seems they ought to be. Who knows where they were bred or under what conditions. I am a bit sad, as I see photos of rats happily exploring and going on their owners’ shoulders – as my childhood pet rat did. However, I know we will continue to make progress if we persevere:
The Dafter loves them so much, and says she feels so much less lonely with them in her room, during the hours she has to rest every day. I find them beguiling and can’t go past their cage without a wee hello or a visit.
The first bouquet of the summer went to friends:
Knitting continues, of course. (Scroll down for Scottish evening photos if knitting construction isn’t your thing!)
It’s not long now until the shortest day, and the evening light is very special. The flowers, especially light-coloured ones, seem to be lit from within. Here are two photos of the garden taken at 10:15 pm (no flash or any adjustments):
So that’s us at the moment. I’m enjoying not having a tight chest from stress. I seem to have a long list of jobs to do, and that is because I have deferred so much for so long, with the focus on helping the Dafter get through her Highers. The Dafter is pretty tired out but has had a few chances to see friends, and has some summer projects she wants to get on with.
Mostly, I just feel so very, very grateful for all that has gone well. I wake up in the morning, and then I remember we don’t have to worry about exams! There will be future challenges of course, but the relief is great just now.
I wish you all a good week!