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A Day in the Life …

Do you wonder where the day goes?  Do you feel guilty if you don’t use every minute of it purposefully?  I used to.  Not any more. In the lighter months I wake early 5.30 – 5.45 – it is annoying; the morning chorus of birds is to blame although I guess it is a beautiful way to wake up – better than an alarm clock!  This is the best time – half awake, half asleep – lying in the dawn-light letting your mind wander – thinking of what you dreamt about or what you are going to wear today, what you will cook for dinner – the possibilities are endless.  But I don’t rush to get up – I take it slow and throw the covers back at  about 7.00.  There is no need for me to rush, no need to be busy, busy, busy – I can say this because I don’t have a job to get  out to on time, no bus to catch, no children to get ready for school – just 24 hours to pass in any way I wish – and it is surprising what can be achieved in those 24 hours – no matter how slow you go.  This is one of the joys of being retired…

Distracted and Drifting …

I do try to concentrate on one job at a time – I really do.  The trouble is – I get easily distracted – the garden is like a magnet to me.  I stand in the kitchen with the back door open and watch the sparrows bobbing about on the terrace collecting sticks, feathers and moss for their nest building – squabbling and twittering, taking sips of water from the pond – and I forget I am supposed to be washing the dishes.Or I find myself cloud watching and drift out in to the garden for a better view and before I know it I am planting out my tomatoes in the greenhouse – and suddenly remember that I was in the middle of sorting out the laundry and about to start the ironing.It is a perennial problem of mine – getting distracted and drifting when I should be concentrating on the job in hand.  Chores do get done – just not the ones I was supposed to be doing.But I take solace in the fact that I am getting to know my little space a bit better every day - mentally noting everything that is going …

April Breezes filled with fragrance …

Spring has sprung in all its glory this week.  The sun  shone brightly.  Flowers  opened and fragrance fills the garden.  The farmer let the cows out into the back fields and they are as happy to be there as I am to see them.  Blackbirds flutter back and forth across the garden, their beaks filled with worms for their brood neatly hidden in some bush; and there are blue tits nesting in one of the boxes we have provided – what’s not to love about this time of year.Clouds of ornamental cherry blossom everywhere … trees that are dull and uninteresting for eleven months of the year … suddenly come alive … and are a sight to behold.The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years.  In their country the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life.  It is a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short ~ Homaru CantuThere is no glory in a star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye…

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together …

My gardening methods are pretty haphazard – but somewhere in amongst the chaos there is usually a plan of sorts.  When I buy and plant bulbs in the autumn I immediately forget what I have planted where.  So it comes as a lovely surprise when a border full of bulbs all bloom together to give the picture I had in my head at the time of planting.  I don’t know about you but at this time of year the pink part of the colour wheel seems a little out of place.  When there is lots of fresh green foliage beginning to show – there is nothing nicer in my mind than a selection of yellows and creams to go with it.In the front garden border I planted yellow and cream tulips together with yellow and cream narcissus.  The photos don’t do the border justice as we have had a heavy shower of rain this morning that flattened it all – nevertheless it is looking pretty and fresh and good to look at.So although my memory fails me (I have no ideas where I planted the dozens of tulips I bought) – it will come…

The Restorative Power of the Garden …

Since my return from the coast I have been in bed ill with a nasty virus.  It has laid me low – I have slept the clock round, not eating or thinking about blogland or how spring was rushing along without me.  I had nothing inside my head at all – just a desire to get through this and back to my normal self.Easter Monday was my first day back to normality – almost – I am a little weak and tired, but have been out in the garden for the first time in two weeks – the sun shone specially for me, the wind dropped and I began to realise that nothing has the healing power of the outdoors and the garden for me.  Little jobs have been completed – little jobs that would still have been there whether I worried about getting them done or not.  As I moved my kneeling mat around the beds – pulling out old winter veg, weeding out those forget-me-nots that seem to get everywhere – it felt good, really good, to be out there – the sun on my back, the dirt in my nails once more.  And, although the holida…