up the ingredients for this evening's meal, when we're having our neighbours
around, Barbara is delighted to find that there is now a monthly farmers'
market in Ossett. She picks up some locally grown veg and can't resist
the sunflowers, making a splash of colour at the end
of one of the stalls.
The flowers are no bigger than saucers, not the dinner plates you sometimes
see, so we cut down the stalks to about 18 inches and arrange them in
a bright blue jug.
Sounds extreme, but they look so cheerful and they bring the room to
life for when our guests arrive.
exotic touch: I drew the Ficus benjamina, the weeping
fig, as I waited to see the doctor yesterday.
Richard Bell, email@example.com