I must apologise for my misspelling of BERGAMO yesterday. I got my writer’s hat mixed up with my aromatherapist one! The calming essential bergamot oil comes from quite a different part of Italy. Let’s put it down to my isolation stress. At least I got it right by the last sentence of yesterday’s blog. Today I have rubbed my wrists with its oil, drank my Earl Grey tea which also has bergamot in it. I feel quite calm. It’s a beautiful sunny day in my courtyard garden which is my sanctuary. I am looking at my orange trees, but I don’t think they are the bergamot variety.
A friend has moved in with me. Her name is Matilda.
What! You say......you are not self isolating.
Matilda is a bonny plump wood pigeon and she has built a very untidy nest a few feet away from my chair.
I have chosen a Madame Gres scarf today, another Parisian one. She was a designer well known for classical draped pleating of georgette in her dress designs. I saw some of her dresses at the V&A museum a few years ago. My scarf shows two pigeons in a tidier nest than that built by Matilda.
I have had wood pigeons nesting for two previous seasons in my grapevine and the two offspring were very large before they departed my sanctuary. I had to climb a stepladder to see these, but I am banned from such activities since falling off a six inch stool a couple of weeks ago! One never sees a baby pigeon so I reckon they stay in the nest until nearly full grown. I will watch Matilda’s nest with great interest. It is exactly 4 pm and there has been a changeover of sitting tenant. I suppose that is George taking over. I wonder how long his shift will be? The nest is built on overgrown jasmine which is just about to burst into fragrant blossom. What a great birthing spot!
Now, I must now do some gardening jobs myself.
I will take you farther afield tomorrow.
Busy Bee, Scarf Face!