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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Still here . . .

Hmm, I did not mean to have a bloggy break but nothing I am doing at present feels particularly "post-worthy".  September is bumbling along very gently with more signs of Autumn every day.  I can no longer put off closing curtains throughout the whole house in the evening, and naturally the woodburner is lit at supper-time every night.

With strapping and conservative & careful management my knee seems to have recovered, but there have been no mega-gardening sessions.  The weather is "changeable" to say the least; the following is a regular occurrence:

1.   Decide to get changed into tatty jeans and go into the garden
2.   Realise in the time it takes to do "1" the clouds have rolled in and it's not exactly raining, but wet & drizzly enough not to be nice outside
3.   Decide to make a coffee
4.   Realise in the time it takes to do "3", that the sun has come out . . .

With the above taking about 15 minutes, and happening multiple times a day*, my best effort has been to get outside for an hour at a time and then call it done for the day.  But by taking baby steps the most amazing thing has happened - I've done most of the pre-winter clearing up in the Cottage Garden, including finally cutting down two very straggly honeysuckle that were making a mess either side of the arch.  When I did this to a similar plant outside the bedroom window earlier in the year it responded with masses of fresh healthy growth, it will be interesting to see what happens to these ones.









* but sometimes being more than a little drizzle:


Shock horror, not sure this has ever happened so early in the year but it's bloomin' wonderful.  So wonderful that in the non-precipitous hours I've spent a fair bit of time actually sitting out the front, reading, and just enjoying the space.

Management has managed to get into the garage nearly every day in the last fortnight and is making great progress doing 'stuff' to bike parts, so much so that this morning he actually said it was starting to feel like he really WAS retired, and not just on an extended holiday, which is lovely.

This week my hour-a-day has resulted in clipped box hedges which sounds much grander than it really is because I have left the tops and nothing is very precise.  I find myself liking the formality and contrast to the slightly out of control abandon that happens elsewhere at Bag End.







The newly sown lawn behind the house had its first cut and whilst most of the wildflower seeds sown in June did not germinate thanks to the drought, there are a couple of red clover and cornflower which are quite beautiful.







I've also tidied up the dry border behind the house and the weekend plan was to work on the big bed behind the Top Pond.  That hasn't happened thanks to "1, 2, 3 and 4 above" so I'm messing around inside with fabric (which gets a post of it's own, maybe tomorrow).   I declared earlier today that it was OK not being able to get into the garden because whilst there was a lot to do, nothing was at 'critical stage'.   "Could you try to remember that?" said Management, having experienced far too many periods of my angst when I claim I need to be getting on outside . . .



Small Person takes it all in her stride and like most old dogs, spends large parts of every day sound asleep.  This is one of her favourite beds because it's next to my desk but surely this cannot be comfortable?



I've spent hours online researching some possible trips in the campervan, one of which was due to commence next Tuesday.  Management and I had agreed that there is no point waiting until the weather is just right because at this time of year "just right" might be weeks away.  However, currently the forecast for next week includes Met Office alerts for the tail end of Storm Helene bringing very high winds and heavy rain along the west coast, last I heard we were being threatened with 60mph.  Where was I planning on going?  Down the west coast of course, so I might need a Plan B, C or D.





16 comments:

  1. Your garden as always looks great, it is the time of year for dashing out between the rain. I have a list of jobs to do, but with the issues of our neighbour, my garden is not my happy space, I plan to get out there next week, our weather is much better than yours, should be dry and sunny, the storm will not effect the south of England.

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    1. Hi Marlene, I certainly notice a difference in the wether since we moved from Hampshire, or perhaps that's because we have a life now that is more focussed on being outside?

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  2. Your weather sounds very much like ours has been recently - very changeable, bright sunshine and blue sky one minute so I decide to take the girls for a good walk but before I get chance to put the leads on the grey clouds have rolled in and it looks like rain is imminent :(

    I love the blue and red flowers, the colours are gorgeous - and I'm sure Daisy isn't the only one to sleep like that, my little Sugar did it quite often :)

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    1. Morning Eunice, you're not that far from me and I think you get the same weather systems as hit us. Strange here this morning - obviously rained overnight and is very cloudy, but so warm I'm wearing a summer shirt, not my usual autumnal fleece :(

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    2. It's still warm enough to be t-shirt weather here though at the moment it's pouring down with that fine but heavy rain that really wets you :(

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    3. Similar here Eunice, although less rain than you've got. I saw on your blog you were planning on going away but were delaying - same here :(

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  3. Very changeable here too. I've noticed the mornings are wet but it clears up in the afternoons. We were lucky last week that it was mostly fine for our garden makeover although it wasn't me doing the hard work. Your cornflower and red clover are lovely. Daisy must be comfortable to sleep soundly like that, Annie prefers to sleep on the sofa with her legs in the air :)

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    1. Eileen, it usually clears up in the afternoon here too, it's to do with being so close to the coast. Just had a mess around on Google and cannot find a succinct explanation and I can't remember the reasons . . . clearly not enough coffee yet! I don't think I got the email about your garden makeover - will come and have a look at the blog :)

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  4. Oh, oh, she's learning!!! Retirement is lovely and you've spent years getting the garden to the point where maintenance is all that's needed. I've learned that "good enough" is truly good enough. I think your yard and gardens are lovely. We're getting drizzly cloudy weather on the far outskirts of Florence right now. Can't wait to see what you're doing with the fabric.

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    1. Thank you dear girl, yes I might finally be learning a teeny bit!! Particularly that good enough actually IS good enough - unless it relates to the quilt I've just started, sew it together, unpick, sew it back together, unpick again . . . in this case "the best is the enemy of good enough".

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  5. Hmm, I need to do some proper cutting back here and tidying. Perhaps this week. Glad all is well with you all there.

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    1. Thanks CT, hope you are able to get your clearing up done.

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  6. I was starting to wonder where you may have gone. OK, nowhere, but still achieving so much in the garden and it looks wonderful, despite your drought. Our weather is a real mixed bag too, with periods of a warmer day, then back to freezing cold & damp, though the north desperately needs rain. Look forward to see more of what you've been up to and hope you do get away in Bill for a holiday. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. An email to you is on my agenda for today :) xx

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  7. We are having the same problem with drizzly rain - if only we could have some real rain to soften the soil on the allotment we could start to get beds tidied up for winter,

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    1. I think you are suffering from 'centre of the country' weather Sue - most of the rain has been dumped before it gets to you. Ground here is, thankfully, lovely and moist after our three month drought.

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