Oh damn, darn, drat, this not blogging lark is not working.
I do like the freedom I gained time-wise - "freed" from having to be on the computer to sort photos, write a new blog post, reply to comments (Am I alone in thinking all comments should be answered, even if it's just a 'thank you'? Am I the only one who struggles with blogs where your comments feel like they've gone into a black hole when they are not acknowledged? ) But there was an unexpected knock-on effect in that I found myself spending hardly any time online at all; not reading the blogs I always favoured, not suddenly finding I've lost an hour by clicking on an interesting looking link, and then another, and then whoosh down the Rabbit Hole! Instead I have read loads more books than usual, managed to keep on top of housework and laundry, and generally just dossed around a bit. 😀
What has not worked is the photographic side. With no active purpose or reason for recording images I've hardly taken any photos in the last month, and those I have taken are still on their memory cards unviewed, unsorted, unsaved. That's the 'not blogging' problem; for so many years the discipline of blogging has trickled down to maintaining and organising my photo archive and right now I don't seem to be able to do one without the other.
So back to Bag End blogging it is, at least for now! 😊
Might as well start with trying to round up what happened in the garden during April. What hasn't happened is any rain which is ridiculous, but the driest April on record has meant I could get outside on a regular basis and make lots of progress tidying up and preparing the garden for the rest of the year. It's worked too - prime example is the Coppice which got a thorough "going over" and deep mulch of bark chip and a couple of days ago it took me a whole 5 minutes to check the entire area for weeds of which there were less than I could hold in one hand.
It's been very cold in the last month and I deliberately held off sowing seeds but the greenhouse is now coming back to life, although on Friday Monty Don was planting out 12" high tomato plants (which looked remarkably chlorotic and yellow) whilst mine are barely past the cotyledon leaf stage. Hey ho, they'll catch up and we're a lot further north than the Lord of Cord.
LP continues to beaver away one or two days a week and we now have a Trailer Park to keep the caravan company.
On the right you can just make out one of the chains which tethers the trailer to a stout fence post, there's another but that is less obvious :)
We took down the reed screen which had done sterling service as temporary fence and re-used some of the picket fence sections which originally came from the back fence.
The mess next to the fruit cage in the New Garden has now been tamed and hopefully will eventually grow into a lawn. Management has taken on watering duties and is regularly to be seen with the hose after supper. The two sections were worked on a couple of weeks apart which is why the left side has germinated and the right-hand side is still bare earth.
There has been much more happening at Bag End, both in the garden and elsewhere, but that will do for today.