The countryside is looking absolutely stunning right now - so green, lush and vibrant. The hawthorn hedge at the bottom of the garden is magnificent. To me, it feels like my own personal bit of "real countryside" - full of birds all summer long and screening us nicely from the houses behind.
Hawthorn has such an evocative smell; in the garden of the house where I grew up, we also had a hawthorn hedge and when I close my eyes and sniff, I'm eight years old again.
It's a holiday weekend here in the UK. I'm working extra hours tomorrow morning but after that it's all family time. It's good to be all together after so much time with Phil away.