After digging myself out from under a huge pile of work, and then partially out from under a slightly smaller pile of things put off until after I’d done the work,* there was only one thing to do this afternoon – some therapeutic weeding of the gravel drive. It’s a pointless task but oddly satisfying, and suitably mindless when your brain is feeling a bit fried.
There was just one problem. I only need three vital bits of equipment to weed the gravel drive: my trusty hand fork, my excellent Showa gardening gloves (nice small fit but no pointless pink polka dots), and Radio 4. Unfortunately the fork had gone missing yet again and no amount of standing around willing it into existence, looking in unlikely places or sifting through the compost heap had turned it up so we were forced to implement the last-ditch emergency fork-finding procedure: buying a new one. Again. And then the other half came in from the pouring rain carrying my radio which had been left outside all night, leaving it looking rather sorry for itself and with a detached aerial to boot
Obviously the internet knows what to do with sodden items of electronics – you pop it in a bag of rice (although thrifty bloggers wait until their other halves have returned from Tescos with a bag of value rice, and don’t stick it straight in with the basmati we were planning on having for supper) so that the rice absorbs the water. I think this may work better with fairly simple objects like phones and less so with radios that have grilles that are just about wide enough to let rice in, and then ever so slightly too narrow to let the rice out again. Still, it’s added a certain grainy quality to the sound.
The aerial reattached by means of a handy paperclip, I gathered all my stuff and prepared for a happy couple of hours reclaiming the gravel from the forces of weediness and restoring my brain after the onslaughts of the forces of stressedness.
Whereupon it began to rain.
So I put on a hat and weeded anyway. After all, I’d already drowned the radio once, and now it has an inbuilt rice-grain desiccant to soak up the rest.
In other news, the random perennials are flowering and some of them are looking rather spiffy.
Anyone recognise them?
* and if you’re waiting for a response from me to an email you’ve sent in the last few weeks, now would be an excellent time to send a nudge.