Well it was a long time coming following the storms and the floods but at long last the summer arrived this weekend in Buckingham. What a weekend of great weather. We had more folks on Saturday to see the house but it’s not likely to develop into anything, just for a bloody change. Never mind Sunday was just a brilliant day. I cleaned our water feature that hadn’t been used for at least 2 years and it now smells lovely and clean. I also re-painted the sheds, fencing and garden gates so they all look great again. All this with my shorts on and shirt off for a change. Later our oldest friend Lawrie stopped by en route from London to Yorkshire and we had – get this – a barbeque! First of the year I think. It was great just to sit out in our lovely garden with friends, have a few glasses of refreshing crisp wine, reflect positively on having done some much-needed improvements to the garden, listen to a Lewis Hamilton win in the GP and a Man U win in the Community Shield (and against Russia FC!). It was enough to take our minds off the house situation etc for a spell at least. Later this week we are heading back to Italy to check on things and survey the carnage to our garden there. That dolce vita seems a long way off still, but at least the weather’s turned. Here’s hoping our luck does too.