Saturday, August 23, 2008
J and I drove down to Harlow Carr, the Royal Horticultural Society's Northern outpost in Harrogate.
We knew we were taking a chance with the weather, but had become a bit stir crazy. Unfortunately, it was Pirate Day - part of Family Fortnight. Now, don't get me wrong; we have nothing against families. We have one of our own. It's good to see children enjoying the gardens, but we'd rather they enjoyed the gardens when we weren't there. (Enjoying = screaming, hitting trees with cutlasses, running around the coffee shops shouting and crying and smearing ice cream, being accompanied by ineffectual parents with no parenting skills or ability to cope with their own children)
It did rain to start with.
We sheltered in a greenhouse full of half-ripe tomatoes until it passed. If it had gone on for any length of time we could have survived by making chutney and living off that.
The rain passed and we enjoyed the walk through the woods, despite some minor trench foot.