I was going to post about my struggle with Facebook, but to be frank, the whole subject just depresses me. In short, there were too many people either using my wall for their own selfish and self absorbed causes, too many crude and thoughtless 'links' etc, no communication at all, and less and less respect for my own beliefs. Generally, 'friendships' that were going no further than to use me. As a result, I have 'unfriended' half my list, including some close family members, and some of the remaining ones are under review. I would come away from Facebook altogether, as I do believe that it is now quite a harmful medium, but there are some good and sincere friends that I have made there. We will see eh?
For the most part it's been a dull and damp week. Things aren't growing much at all yet....Yey!! Work is just a case of freshening up the soil everywhere, blowing what remains of the rubbish from earlier storms, some pruning, and starting to get some of the 'one off's' completed before March arrives and things kick off properly. We haven't done much to our own garden other than a basic tidy up, but one job that is always good fun is drying out the mexican oven, after a long winter of standing still. I don't know if it is the same elsewhere, but here in the UK it's VERY advisable to keep ANY paperwork with personal details of ANY sort to one side, and not throw it in the refuse bin. Thieves work in not so mysterious ways, and are know to seek out paperwork at rubbish tips and use it to gain access to anything from a bank account to benefits.
We put ours to one side, in a safe and secure place, and periodically have a burn up, and so I thought, kill two birds with one stone. As you can see, there was a lot of damp to get rid of!
We've had this oven for many years now, and it's hosted some amazing evenings of friendship. The picture in the sidebar of Claire and Lee was taken around it.
I think by now that you must all know how important a hot cup of tea is to a gardener. It's not so much about the tea itself, but also about the forced rest, and time to ponder during the busy day. In those five minutes one thinks about the person who has just given you the tea, and their own trials and tribulations. Also, what the lawn you are sat on needs to have done this spring, family and personal issues, holidays, how did I ever forget to crown lift that tree, or what the next garden on the list holds in waiting etc.
At this point, whilst I was sat on the grass, one of my thoughts were 'how can anyone buy plain chocolate Kit Kats??
After the initial phase of clearing away storm damage, the next job everywhere is to make sure that the grass is run over with the mower on a high setting to tip out the grass and pick up any rubbish laying on/in the grass. Most places have had this, and so next will be pruning the Hydrangeas and Roses etc, taking out any dead from the various Acers, and completing any additional planting schemes. The place in the pictures above and below has given the go ahead for a new border to wrap around the corner of the building. Not a huge job, but one that will make a big difference to the overall look of the property. I will try and remember to take before and after pictures.
Over the Christmas and New Year period, all of the soil became flattened with the rain and rubbish, and because of the spring bulbs are now starting to show their heads, a little gentle hoeing is needed to freshen things up. This day started out very promising, with glorious sunshine. However, no sooner had we got half way through the rear borders, that the clouds and rian came. And did it come!
We were offered our usual mug of tea, and took refuge on the owners balcony patio, watching the deluge that carried on for the rest of the day.
We decided to carry on in the rain, as the rest of the week was a little too full to postpone, and so having got completely soaked, we finished the task in hand, took the gear back to the van, and went home.
Not always a glamorous life this gardening!