Back at home the tomato plant and the herbs need watering twice a day now, if the sun’s out. The tomato has started to set fruit – three, tiny green globes so far – and the sage is flowering. Picking sun warmed herbs is a real pleasure.

Round on the terrace, on the shady side of the building, everything is putting on masses of leafy growth.  The clematis and rose have lots of flower buds but none are showing signs of opening.  I hope they’re not waiting for some sunshine.  It could be a long wait round there.