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Monday, 22 April 2019

Out of sorts

I am out of sorts, off kilter, not quite 'there', and I hate feeling like this. A malaise, down in the dumps, finding it difficult to take pleasure in all the things around me which should bring happiness.  I know that no-one can be Sally Sunshine all the time but right now it feels like I am nothing but a Grumpy Gertie 😢 .

I try and give myself a big kick up the backside - what on earth have I got to be glum about?  I have just had a great little holiday, the weather is outstanding, we are making progress in the garden, M. is happy making huge progress on his motorbikes.

It is not the first time I have felt like this, I fear it will not be the last and when I get like this I usually stop blogging, then I have gaps in the garden record which irritate me just as much as I now irritate myself for feeling whatever this is.  Some relatively inarticulate blogging is called for.  Despite great weather there hasn't been quite as much progress outside as there should have been, but little by little I have worked my way round nearly all of the Cottage Garden and the new bit next to it.







Lasagne bed:  weeded, mulched, box edge planted (and protected)





Front patio planters:  box





Heather beds:  mulch




22 comments:

  1. I’m probably being dim but why is it a lasagne bed?

    I have periods of feeling out of sorts and it’s a case of one day at a time until I come out the other side. I’m the meantime, be kind to yourself and take care xx

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    1. That should say ‘in the meantime’!

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    2. NOT dim at all Eileen, there are probably other people thinking just the same thing :-)

      It is known as the "Lasagne Bed" because that's the method I used to make it - no digging, just cover an area with clean cardboard, soil, then a layer of straw, then whatever was in the compost heap, maybe some more soil, or old bags of compost, and so on. Basically any layers you like, as much as you can manage, as if you were making a Lasagne, as long as it is all compostable, Eventually it all rots down and becomes a lovely no-work planting area.
      Here's the post where I made the bed and tried to explain it: https://theviewfrombagend.blogspot.com/2011/01/lasagne.html

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  2. I'm feeling just the same as you are Jayne. I'd go one step further and say I've considered shutting down my blog for good. I haven't done so because I've done it before and regretted doing later so just taking a blogging break instead. If you're Grumpy Gertie then I'm Miserable Martha :)

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    1. Please don't do that Eileen, I'd miss you very much. Errands and garden work to do today, intend to email you later, xx

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  3. I'm sending some big hugs your way, Jayne. It's just rotten feeling like this, and even worse if you don't feel like you have good reason.
    Listen to your heart and if you need to take a step back for a while, then do. X

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    1. Thank you for your kindness Jules, very much appreciated. x

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  4. Every body gets the mully grubs once in a while. Hope it passes soon and you're feeling better. Hugs

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    1. Mully grubs . . . that's a new one on me. thank you. x

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  5. Big hugs from me too. I'll pop an email later today, as I've a routine Doctor appointment & the grocery shop this afternoon. Maybe it's just how we react to certain moments in time, seasons changing, world news, getting older & all manner of things. It will pass, so don't beat yourself up & garden, sew, walk or read to get through it. Garden is looking good, so take care & huggles.

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    1. Hi sweetie, "it is what it is", maybe it is the loss of Daisy catching up with me, maybe it is something else. As I said to Eileen, errands and garden work to do today, plan to email you later, xx

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  6. Dear Jayne
    We all feel like this occasionally - it will pass. In the meantime, be kind to yourself and do things you feel like doing.
    Gardening is a great therapy!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie, unfortunately at present gardening is rather more hard work than therapy :-(

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  7. I'm sorry you're feeling this way at the moment, it's no fun at all when you're down in the dumps, it can take some time to come out the other end. Take some time for yourself and do whatever makes you feel a little better. I just wanted to thank you so much for the lovely emails and card that I've received from you over the last few weeks since the death of my mum, they helped in a way you'll never know xx

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  8. Down in the dumps is where I am too, but battling on is the only way I know, although it's a lonely way now.
    Hope you are feeling better today

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    1. Hi Sue, I am sorry you are also feeling low, thinking of you. xx

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  9. Sorry to read you've been feeling a bit 'off' just recently, I hope by the time you read this you'll be feeling better. If it's any consolation I'm feeling absolutely shattered - after the wonderful relaxing weekend away I was back at work yesterday evening with a vengeance, and don't I know it! I think I need another holiday! :)

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    1. 364 photos - not surprised you're tired! Hope everything is nicely settled down again now you are back at home and that the girls are recovered from their busy weekend :-) xx

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  10. Hold on tight Jayne, all things pass. It will lift, it always does.
    May I ask you advice please? Would you plant Nasturtium seeds in pots to plant out later or directly in the bed they are to grow in?
    Best Wishes
    Bev

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    1. Thanks Bev, much appreciated.

      Nasturtium - or any seeds for that matter - in pots, every single time. A newly emerged seedling in the ground might as well have a neon sign over its head saying "hey, slugs, get over here!!!" It takes more work but if you grow new plants on to a decent size before putting them in the ground you have a far better chance of success.

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    2. Many thanks Jayne. I will plant them in pots tomorrow. It will be warm and just right to do them.

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