Thursday, July 9, 2009

If you could start again,

If you moved in tomorrow to a new garden, as big as you like, in your choice of site, where would it be, and what would you do?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A story

[Ahem: not quite Sunday School material, and if you think you know it, I'm afraid you probably do]

A farmer stopped by the local garage to have his truck fixed. They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he didn't live far and would just walk home.

On the way home he stopped at the DIY store and bought a bucket and a tin of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem - how to carry his entire purchases home.

While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, "Can you tell me how to get to 16 Mockingbird Lane ?" The farmer said, "Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house. I would walk you there but I can't carry this lot."

The old lady suggested, " Why don't you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand; put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?"

"Why thank you very much," he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home. On the way he says "Let's take my short cut and go down this alley. We'll be there in no time."

The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, "I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?"

The farmer said, "Madam! I'm carrying a bucket, a tin of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?"

The old lady replied, "Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Getting there

Just this photo for now, but I'm pretty pleased with how it looks.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Did loads

I had a very good afternoon in the garden today and did loads for the first time in ages. Have got the patio all tidied up. Also worked on another area but can't remember where - ah yes, I cleaned out the pond again.

Pictures to follow tomorrow after I've mowed the lawns and when the sun's up.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Heat

It has been slightly cooler today. I took the temperature out on the patio, but in the shade, yesterday,and it was 32. In the conservatory even with all the windows open that we can, it's a good bit hotter than that. Any book or whatever left in there gets warped by the heat, and just walking through it is unpleasant.

I've done some work each day in the morning, from about 7:30 to 10, but after that it's too hot for me. I'm OK in the heat if all I have to do is sit about, but I get woozy very quickly if I try to be active. It feels rather pathetic really. I cope with coldness far better.

I could go out in the evenings, but I don't. I feel lathargic. Maybe if I had a bit more gumption I'd do it. Anyway, since apparently I'm lacking in that department, I've been a bit alienated from the garden for over a week now.

The sweet peas have done magnificently, indeed they carry on that way. The echiums are doing very well too (ie little bedding ones, not the huge perennials). Also the pink rose over the pond, which is blooming for the first time properly this year, is a delight: it seems to hold its flowers for ages.

The pond is very clear, and we have two clematis in bloom, neither of which have been really visible any year previously.

I will take some pictures tomorrow if I'm not busy being burned to a frazzle!