Happy Tuesday! Still hanging in there? I’ve been gardening my heart out as exercise, stress relief, and vitamin D all in one.
My new gardening goal is Kathy Rayner’s Hamptons garden in Town & Country. I love everything about this photo. (Town & Country’s entire May issue with Gwyneth on the cover is terrific.)
I spread 7 cubic yards of mulch and overseeded the lawn and bagged up leaves and pine needles and branches (pruning is my cardio.) I’ve started some seeds growing indoors and planted some bulbs and put cages around the peonies. I’ve raked pea gravel and relocated flagstones and pavers. I replaced the lights on the deck posts. I dug a border around a flower bed and slapped some Annie Sloan chalk paint on the cheapo plastic pots that came with the house. I transformed the left behind plastic frog from bilious to a more pleasing shade of green. They all now look much smarter so thank you, A., for that tip. Teddy, who is badly in need of a hair cut, was on his tether and “helped” me. Thankfully, we never found the squirrel that belonged to the squirrel tail.
In addition to gardening, and a lot of cooking, I’ve also done mending, so I’ve basically gone straight-up pioneer. Weirdly, I’m not hating it.
Of course, I still have my modern-day Wives to inspire me. Did you catch the Tiki Torch tossing in the Hamptons? Leah does make for good TV. And over on the other coast, Sutton is growing on me. It will be interesting to know why she didn’t get a diamond and a tag line. I hope it’s not because she became boring as the season progressed. Wasn’t PK and Dorit’s hey-we-are-still-really-rich thing cringeworthy? Still, it all beats getting stressed out watching CNN.
And any Drag Race fans out there? How good is Gigi Goode? Her New Look black wedding dress was breathtaking. I think she should win the season, but it’s a very talented group.
I’ve started to read Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins and am really enjoying it so far. It’s set in Oxford, which I always like. (On books, in the end, My Dark Vanessa was just, well, dark. I didn’t like the characters and, while it’s a good book, it’s not a book I really enjoyed.)
Have you run into any good distractions? My next plan is to find a good egg-free crepe recipe (my kids love crepes and I can’t eat eggs.) I might make a stab at painting a cabinet. If this crisis does not end soon, I might end up becoming very domestic.
Take care, wear your mask, and stay safe!