Anyway, he let me know in time that I could gather up enough paperwork to wallpaper most of the street and pop in to see him on the way to fetch Sherlock.
Mrs Hudson had said she'd do it, but I'd promised Sherlock I'd go and see his painting from art club, and I'm not sure when I'll next get the chance, so I thought it'd be nice if I went.
John seemed mainly pale and tired and trying to convince me he was fine when I came back to change and drop work off. So...well, sleep was probably more useful than anything I could do.
Sherlock and I went up to the allotment. I dug out a veggie bed. Sherlock dug a deep hole.
A lady was working nearby, tying up canes. Sherlock, being Sherlock, headed off to interrogate her.
She was very nice. She has an exceptionally neat allotment. Which is something we aspire to. Only ours has more holes which look like bomb-craters.
I'm not sure why she has a row of flowers. I mean, no reason why not! but maybe they're good for something else she's growing. I'll ask.
She also asked if I was Sherlock's Dad, and if 'the other young man' who'd been digging our patch was his big brother! Sherlock found this hysterical. And promptly outed us by telling her that John and I were getting married. She clearly thinks I'm a cradle-snatcher now.
She recovered quite well. "Like Elton John!" (except with more hair, I'd like to point out.)
Anyway, yes, I think we'll be going back to her for some top growing tips, because everything of hers looks rather healthy and organised.
We have now fertilised ready for planting our own asparagus next week!
In completely unrelated news - had one of these today.
They're made in Brixton Prison. Inmates can learn about baking, get some skills, then hopefully go straight once they're out. Bloody lovely it was, too. (Lemon treacle slice, if you were wondering.)
Work's still a bit tough. Dealing with cases where children have died is always hard. And some of what's coming out it's...close to home.
I'm just very happy that John and the boys have made my life so great now. Every day I'm thankful to them all.