June seemed to appear suddenly this year, without warning. With June came the first meteorological day of summer – in fact I think we tiptoed into summer this year from the long spring days that lingered still fresh and new in our minds. The sea that frames our lives looks impossibly blue these days – one day soon we must walk down to the water’s edge again…… but not yet, not until I’ve finished painting! Still wouldn’t it be nice to linger over breakfast on the lawn gazing at St Michael’s Mount while planning the day stretching ahead around the Cornish coast?
Charles and I have been as busy as the sparrows that clamour in the courtyard in the morning tending their nest under the eaves primping and preening the house ready for a magazine photo shoot at the end of the month. I must admit to a slight mishit when I repainted the staircase in a delicate shade cooking apple green from Farrow and Ball. For sure the unopened can, still sporting its safety clips, was a touch rusty from fourteen years in the workshop but assiduous stirring soon did the trick – well I thought it had! I always paint the stairs at bedtime to allow overnight drying with a protesting spud and Louis safely “bagged” in their bed for the night………….the next day I crept out to admire my handiwork and horror – the paint was still tacky. The guests had to walk around the house that morning and come up the outside steps to the Dining room but on the blissfully sunny morning nobody seemed to mind. Thankfully the paint dried over the morning and Spuds paws remained there usual delicate shade of pink – of course I do need to do a second coat!
Spud and Louis seem to have a new hunting backup in the shape of elderly feral Wilbur who has announced his retirement to Ednovean Farm and given up prowling. Wilbur always used to visit for many years and then disappeared never to return until last year when the old cat limped back in with a broken tail and spent last summer slowly recovering form his injuries. Now he looks plump and well and has joined Spud and Louis to lounge in the shade through the heat of the day and soak up the warmth absorbed by the granite on the long summer evenings.