Well – who could talk about knitting, on a morning like this? And yet it’s odd, not at all like the year-long glow that follows one of
’s rare wins of the
Calcutta Cup. What does Mr Murray do now? He’s got all the money a young man
could require, and a pleasant girlfriend, and he’s won Scotland Wimbledon.
Does he go on with the gruelling routine?
In what might be called my Commonplace Book, I have a clipping from March, ’89, when Desert Orchid won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. His owner said, late that evening, “Success is a funny thing. It sort of dissolves in front of you.”
Rachel was there. She enters the
Wimbledon draw every
year – if you get anything, you get what they give you. This year, she got
Men’s Final Day – a seat on Number One court. We’ll never know what was going
on there, because of course she spent the day on Henman Hill. And had a good
time, I think – she phoned in the evening, sounding cheerful – despite the fact
that she doesn’t like Mr Murray or his mother or his girlfriend, and was cheering
“Which would you rather?” I said – “to tell them in years to come that you were there when Djokovic won his second
or that you were there in 2013, when Andy Murray won?” She wasn’t impressed.
On Henmen Hill, you can hear the crowd shouting on
Centre Court, and watch the action on a
huge television screen. She says that when the camera strayed to the Prime
Minister, as it occasionally did, Henman Hill boo’ed. Interesting, I thought.
And I was proud of Mr Murray for speaking of his victory as a British win. Rachel said he had to, but I feel you don’t have to do anything, when you’ve just won
Wimbledon. He could have ranted on for if
that had been his choice. I thought Mr Salmond looked a bit ridiculous with his
divisive saltire. But then, I don’t like Mr Salmond. Scotland
Well, what else?
We had a successful few days in Strathardle, brilliant weather. ‘Successful’ means, nowadays, that we got back and are still on our feet. It's scary, all right. It is sad to see my vegetable patch in such a state of dereliction. But on the other hand, we saw deer three times (maybe four) in those few days. If one saw mice in one’s kitchen in that concentration, one would have to conclude that one was infested.
I have probably said here before that I don’t begrudge their coming down from the hills and polishing off the Brussels sprouts in the winter. But all-the-year-round deer are a new and a most unwelcome phenomenon. And one cannot hope to grow vegetables, in the circumstances, without a deer fence.
But I’m making progress with Welsh onions. My aim is to have so many that I can dig them up whenever I want “spring onions” to cook with. I’m making progress. The deer ate them down to the ground last autumn, but they came back, as I thought they would. Hat, the Babington leeks are looking poorly, but they’re there, safely ensconced in the vegetable cage. I crawled in and weeded them tenderly.