People often say to me 'It must be a lovely and relaxing job, being a gardener', and truth be told, most of the time it is. It's now summer, and we are totally immersed in all things horticultural, as we strive to do the day to day work within the business, tend the allotment, maintain our own garden, and visit others in between all of this. The business itself is the main source of tiredness and tension, as things are once again full on, both physically and mentally, and being of the nature that I am, my instinct is to grab a morning cup of tea, and then fly out of the door with hedge trimmer blazing, to make an early start on the tough day ahead.
But it's a gloriously sunny time at the moment, and let's face it, there is no real need to start early in order to complete the day. At first it felt really wrong to do something leisurely with the start of the working day, but for a number of weeks now, we have been simply strolling along the beach for an hour, before returning home to start the day ahead. We're about to head down there again in a minute. It's a good way to calm the mind, as we cool our feet, stroll, talk and collect shells.
The last few days have been really tough, with so much hedge trimming that I feel as though I have been beaten up by a bunch of thugs, but the early walk relaxes both my mind and body.
I don't know if any of you find the same, but sometimes I sit down with my trusty laptop to write something on the blog, and my mind just clams up, even though there are a few things I could post about. Now is one of those times, and so can I simply just leave you with some pictures of our garden that I snapped at 6am this morning? I promise to try harder by the weekend.