An hour at the plot tonight and my spirits are lifted:
I replaceed the runner bean plant, planted cabbages in between those attacked by the SAS pidgeon and another row for good measure, watered and planted out one of the two pots of leek seedlings. ....and I weeded and weeded.
It was so dry that planting the leeks proved to be a problem. Each hole I made with the dibber just caved in with loose soil. So I watered and tried again, only to find the wet soil stuck to the dibber and the dry soil still caved in. I muddled along, all the same.
The Bad and the Ugly