Changeover Saturday (426)

by Max Akroyd

From now until the end of the gite season, Saturdays will be a bit barren gardening-wise.

For today is the day of departure for one set of gite guests, shortly followed by the arrival of the next ones a few hours later. In the interim there is much to-ing and fro-ing with hoovers, mops and sundry other equipment usually not associated with the good life.

The departing guests had two sunny-ish days and five atrocious ones. At one point today I feared the incoming guests would be forced to arrive by boat such was the force of hail, rain and any other form of precipitation you care to mention. Even the hens saw the sense of being inside. However, almost unbelievably, the forecast has transformed into wall-to-wall sun for the coming week. Which is very welcome, the extent of the mud around the place is starting to resemble the dark depths of January.

It is great greenhouse weather, though. I managed a break from cleaning products long enough to pot on my tomatoes, aubergines and peppers. The progress of this tribe has been disappointingly slow so far this year (I’m sure the weather has something to do with that!) but potting on seems to give them a real kick start. Which is exactly the effect I’ll be looking for in general – a spiritual changeover – when the sun finally returns.