My job is mobile and I split my time working alternate weeks in Norfolk and Nottinghamshire. I drive down country roads, enjoying rural England through the seasons.

Monday, 30 March 2009

My garden

First on the list and as it was a lovely sunny day yesterday it's a good place to start I think.

Spring is well and truly under way now, including the obligatory night frosts that have me lugging pots of geraniums into the portch every night. Yes, I know it was too early to plant them out, but lack of space and an eternally optimistic spirit had me believing (2 weeks ago) that winter was over and it would be safe...

Seeds that have sprouted to date include sprouts (excuse the pun!); lettuce, mesumbrythemum, stock. Seeds that are still thinking about it are: peas, broad beans, tomatoes, courgettes, squash, and sweet peas.

Yesterday I butchered one of my buddleas a bit more and wish I hadn't - it looks so feeble and bare now. Steve said I had to but I wish I hadn't. So I have left the white one on the right more or less alone - just took it back a couple of buds from last years flowers. So we'll see which method has or hasn't work later on this summer.

Dad and I planted a new redcurrant bush, moved a penstemmon and burnt a lot of branches etc that have been drying out since last winter waiting for me to get round to lighting the incinerator.

And finally, I moved the contents of the temporary compost bin into the main one, having last weekend emptied the main one into the garden - or at least as much of it as was ready to take out. Lots and lots of worms in the compost bin - a relief for me since I NEVER find any in the soil when I'm digging.

Got the lawn to take up now, and then I need to design the garden so that I know what I'm doing beforehand - not really my thing though. I usually just make it up as I go along!!

Friday, 27 March 2009

Things I want to blog about when I have time

  1. My garden
  2. Book club books - Atonement, Far from the Madding Crowd, Clare Tomalin Bio of Pepys
  3. My Foot Diploma Course
  4. Knitting and crochet
  5. Buddhism, yoga and meditation
  6. My diet since January

All riveting stuff of course!

Four months later - or thereabouts! Goodness how this year is flying by already.

Seeing as I love lists so much lets see what has happened since I last posted:
  • Christmas, mum and dad came to stay, it was all pretty chilled and lovely to be back home again - and even lovelier to have a rest after all the DIY and upheavals of the Autum
  • Kathryn and Justin split up
  • Mum and dad left the flat in Calais, and moved into mine on 31 January.
  • I'm still at the college, survived another set of exam boards and all being well will escape some time after the next one
  • I've completed the first half of my course and the first 6 portfolio tasks. Am waiting for them to be marked and should get my results later next week. All being well I'll be able to start on module 7 before Easter. Am about a month behind schedule with it but the course people have told me that's ok, so I'm not stressing too much (or at least trying not to!)

I't s 5 to 9 so I can' t write much more - I have come into work in my jeans today and intend to move boxes of assignments out of my office and into the archive room today. I'm sick of working in a room that looks like a mail order warehouse!!

So bye for now...