27 June 2021

So, it’s been a tolerably good week but oh my goodness have we been busy! This weekend (i.e., yesterday and today) sees the confluence of three major events, each of which has required a dedicated effort in preparation.

The details I will have to save until next weekend and (hopefully) I’ll be able to tell you how we successfully negotiated each one with our customary aplomb! In short, on Saturday we have (a) the judging for the Moreton Pinkney Garden Club annual Garden Competition for which Ms Playchute has entered her garden for the first time and, (b) Annabelle’s twice (I think) postponed birthday Camp Out and Sleepover (a huge bell tent in the back garden) with six nine year-old girls. Thankfully, her parents are responsible for the heavy lifting for that occasion.

Then, later today we have the first-ever/first in 25 years (depending on who you speak to) Moreton Pinkney Open Gardens where a selection of the “finest” gardens in the village will be open to the paying public in aid of charity. Although Ms Playchute’s garden is still very much a “work in progress” we shall be opening our gates to the hordes of visitors and pretending as if we know what we’re doing. (To be fair, Ms Playchute does know what she is doing but her idiot labourer hasn’t a clue).

So, other than spending all week preparing the garden for exhibition, we’ve done very little else! Looking forward to a rest next week.

Continuing kudos to my niece Emily and her husband Robert who continue their trek north along the Pacific Ridge Trail. At some point in the past week or so they ascended to the top of Mt Whitney, the highest place in the continental United States.

If Mt Whitney is the highest point in the continental US, it must surely be all downhill from there?

And so (briefly) to the You Could Not Make It Up Department. Yesterday, the news broke that Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary who is, according to the Prime Minister, “Hopeless” and “F***ing Useless”, was caught in a “close and intimate” embrace/snog with someone with whom he works. Sadly, the photo shows him clearly ignoring the social distancing guidelines which were in place at the time. Naturally, he has apologised and has no intention of resigning. Surprisingly, this is in contrast to his attitude at the time when one of the scientists advising the government was discovered to have broken social distancing guidelines by entertaining his mistress and who immediately resigned. At the time Hancock suggested this was a matter which should be referred to the police. Also, surprisingly, the Prime Minister has said that he accepts Hancock’s apology and considers the matter closed. Clearly someone who has an adulterous affair, breaks the rules and is an inveterate liar can’t be expected to resign!

Speaking of liars, last Sunday John Bercow, the former House of Commons Speaker, revealed that he had defected from the Conservatives to Labour, calling Johnson “someone who has only a nodding acquaintance with the truth in a leap year.” What a wonderful description.

Finally, one of my all-time favourites appeared during the week.

Yep, pretty stupid.

Meanwhile, keep happy, keep smiling, keep isolating as much as you can, wear a facemask when you go out and keep your distance. And keep safe.

Lots of love to you all,

Greg

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