Thursday, July 16, 2009

Goodbye shed.....

Yesterday, people, was pure relaxation in comparison to today. Today, I made fresh croissants for breakfast for us and for Jean and her son Duncan. You see, today was "let's destroy the garden shed and take it to the tip day". I supervised. I use the word very loosely, may I add. I was up a ladder at one stage.
Our boys worked like slaves all day and were the real heroes. Oh, did I mention it had to be emptied first??? That meant moving heavy stuff like filing cabinets and freezers and tables and table tennis tables out into the garden too, sorting through 8 filing cabinet drawers of old tools.......

I am unspeakably grubby. Actually, I am filthy. After the last trip to the tip this afternoon, I went to get some food (and cooldrinks especially) at Tesco, and caught sight of myself in a mirror and nearly died. My tshirt and skirt are absolutely disgusting, my gardening shoes have holes in the sides,and I was bent over the shopping trolley like a crone. So I slunk around the aisles praying I would not meet anyone I knew, and came home and unpacked it all. Then I went to check on the vacant space, decided to move all the bricks and rubble and clear the debris. I told my family they could fend for themselves when it came to supper.
And then discovered that walking is not an option. Neither is standing up straight. I am about to sink into a hot bath from which I may never emerge so I thought I better post this first.
As you can see, I have the pacing down to a fine art. I should give lectures on the subject.

(Rosaria, the roses are Sweet Juliette, Golden Celebration, Great Expectations, and Golden Jubilee I think. Those are all in the garden, and all have spectacular scents. Alpine Sunset is also one. And Gertrude Jekyll. I have 27 roses, so it is hard to remember which is which!)

And finally...... I was outside watering at sunset and the clouds were so spectacular, I came in for my camera. Look at this one - what can you see? Everyone here came up with the same answer instantly, and as it is part of me, that was special. Look again a little closer.......

And then there is this one. it looked to me as though God Himself was standing there reaching His arms out to me. It took my breathe away.

14 comments:

Chris said...

How GORGEOUS is that?

Daaaaaeeeevid? You and your cohort in crime did a wonderful job with the shed. You should be rewarded with TWO bowls of ice cream tonight.

And Linds? What on earth are we going to do with you? I'm now thinking work an hour, RESTRAINTS for fifteen minutes, lather, rinse, repeat... :)

Donnetta said...

WHEW... that sounds and looks like a big project!

The cloud pictures are amazing!

Needled Mom said...

That was quite an accomplishment.

The clouds are stunning. I love imagining what I can "see" in the clouds.

lakeviewer said...

Great work getting the shed removed. And you remembered to tell me the names of the roses! Wonderful. I will look for them, as I'm in the process of creating my garden in the fenced area and roses are my favorites. Thanks, Linds.

Vee said...

Beautiful sky! Hope that, at this point, you are feeling ever so much better!

Dawn said...

Methinks somebody needs to tie you down!!

I do see the continent of your birth - and the picture of the Lord stretching out his arms - fabulous!

Edith said...

I see both the pictures...love them. It took a minute to see the first one...the second one was easy.

I have to agree with those who mentioned "work an hour followed by 15 min. restrained to rest, rinse, repeat..." At the same time I had to laugh..pacing is difficult. And the pictures of the shed coming down...wow. Lots of work.

The roses were absolutely stunning! They are one of my favorite flowers but I'm not at all good at growing them.

Have a fantastic day.

Crystal said...

What a productive day - for someone who's supposed to be pacing herself! Great crew of helpers you had too!! I love your pictures. God is watching over you, my friend!

Holly said...

Great photos! Good luck with the rest of the project!

Becky said...

I'm so pleased for you that you got that huge project accomplished...hope the feeling of the accomplishment outweighs the weariness in your body. Take care of yourself now.

About the clouds ~ I can see why the last one took your breath away. What a beautiful representation of Matt. 28:20:

"....and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

How comforting to know God never leaves us or foresakes us, even when He seems very far away.

What a sweet and precious reminder in the clouds.

Blessings,

Becky Terry

Morning Glory said...

The clouds are breathtaking and I do see Africa and God. What an incredible art canvas.

Isabelle said...

Did you say you were watering the garden??? Where exactly do you live??? We've just come back from a fortnight in Cornwall and Devon and watering was certainly not necessary!! Can I come and stay in your house next year please???

(I apologise for the overuse of punctuation.)

PEA said...

Are you still in the bathtub???? lol As someone commented, I think you need to be tied down so that you don't overdo it:-) Great job the guys did in tearing down the shed! Oh yes, I saw Africa and the Lord right away when I saw your pictures of the clouds...beautiful! xoxo

Olson Family said...

Linds, Just got back to reading blogs again. Like you mentioned - the time, it's flying. How is it that life can get so busy and overwhelming? Will be praying for your bro-in-law and sister - those tractors are all over the place right now - except the Autobahn. But then, the A-bahn is ALL under some sort of construction. We returned from the States last week and visitors followed - we leave for the French Alps tomorrow.
If you are in CH right now - I wish you a blessed time and to all of your family. Susan