Saturday, April 26, 2014

A season for growing..............


April vanished as well. Almost. Sigh. I am getting worse and worse at this, people. Intentions are good, but reality is something else. As you can see, Spring arrived a while back. The rape-seed (canola) is everywhere and so is hay fever. That stuff is a nightmare for just about everyone.

In a fit of spring-like fever, we spent a good part of the Easter weekend down at the allotment. David did the work, and I pottered up and down. Issuing instructions, as one does. The head of the allotment committee has hens down there. In fact, loads of people keep hens. His, however, seem to have the run of the place, and were pecking away at the purple sprouting broccoli quite happily. And other assorted vegetables. Unfortunately, none of their owner's vegetables, though. David did some chicken herding but it was useless. Have you tried herding hens? And a rooster? Hmmm. 

The raised beds are ready for planting, the rest of the allotment has been rotivated, thanks to the hard work  of friends and son, and the broad beans are planted. it is way too early to plant more at the moment. But here at home, the pots of potatoes are doing well, and the lettuce, spinach and peas are flourishing. Never mind the blog being neglected, mustering the energy to do the garden is also requiring a Herculean effort. And this is me, Linds, speaking. 

What can I say. It has been a tough year. 


But I have planted seeds. And I have got a fairly full greenhouse. Nothing like normal years, but there will be colour. And pretty stuff. And tomatoes. And herbs. And vegetables. 
Diana spent two weeks down south while Andrew and his family were on holiday. Missy is getting so big - she is 5, tall, skinny, and absolutely wonderful, of course. School holidays are now over, and Diana is home again. We have the delightful prospect of the advent of a new central heating system to contemplate in coming months. This will entail much re-organisation of Stuff. Much throwing out. And the thought is enough to send me back into hibernation mode again. And the loft needs emptying as well. Insulation, you see. Groan. 


But it has to be done, and we will be ever so thankful next winter. When we are WARM. 

After a dismal, wet early morning, the sun is attempting to shine as I speak. I had to get up at dawn, you see, because my friend sent me a message to say that my Facebook page appeared to have vanished, so that meant get up and get downstairs and investigate it all. So I did. It seems to be there. But then I decided to do more changing of the passwords and re-organising of everything again. 

So, perhaps more coffee and a trip out to the garden to investigate any new growth is in order. Maybe a visit to the garden centre as well. We will see..............


Vee said...

The changes sound very good. It is quite apparent here that things are chilling so to be warm in winter will be great! Garden on, Linds. One must choose her battles. I understand that so well!

Needled Mom said...

The work begins again for you!!! I know how much additional work the garden is for you, but so rewarding at the same time. Your flowers look beautiful already.

You have battled that heating system too long so I am glad to hear that you will be dependably warm next year. Big sigh for all the reorganization to get you there!

Debbie said...

Your flowers are gorgeous, as always! It's good that you have the veggies, even though it isn't as much as you'd like. We've planted tomatoes, and that's all I feel we can manage. Home grown is SO much better than what you can get at the grocery store!

Susan said...

Good to see you :-) your flowers are lovely. (((Hug)))