Friday, 23 March 2018

Friday

Yesterday, the first anniversary of my dear farmer's death, passed off quietly and without a hitch.   Friends and family ensured that I had hardly any time at all to sit at home alone and think about things and about what might have been.   Both of these routes make for negative thoughts which are of no use whatsoever.

Then, when I arrived home after lunch out with friend W it was to the pleasant surprise of the gardener hard at work in my back garden (which has never been planted up and is sorely in need of TLC give or take the marestail).

In three hours he removed all the old shrubs, took off the bark layer of mulch, got the ground ready for manure to be dug in and finally took away the builders' rubbish which has been on my patio since before I moved in to the property.  (the people here before me allowed the builders to do some jobs before I moved in).   Then between us the gardener and I swept the patio well and made it look much better than it has done ever since I have been here (five months).

I now have seven herbaceous perennials to be put into the bed and a dozen rock plants to be put into the rockery above - a start has been made.

This morning the first year is behind me - a good feeling.   We had our usual coffee and then it was home on a very cold and damp day with a sharp easterly wind blowing.   This Saturday night we put our clocks forward for one hour and British Summertime begins - although where it actually is at the moment is anybody's guess.

25 comments:

donna baker said...

Oh bring on summer Pat. Can't wait to see all the garden efforts.

Derek Faulkner said...

Apparently by Wednesday we could be receiving another blast of cold Easterlies and possible snow showers - when will it end!

Sandi said...

I am glad you got through it and have friends and family around and plants to plant and things to do.

Did you ever find out what EA meant (from the previous post)?

Rachel Phillips said...

I am sure you will value some time alone to stop tonight whatever though. xx

angryparsnip said...

I hope spring come fast. I can not wait to see your garden

cheers, parsnip

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Heard the blackbirds singing in my garden tonight for the first time this spring

Bonnie said...

I'm glad this first year is behind you and you are well situated with your new home and garden. I look forward to pictures of your garden once it has had time to fill in and enjoy some sun!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

It's always a wonderful sound and I love hearing it

justjill said...

Glad you got through and have done some progression in the garden. Our Blackbirds have been singing too.

Bonnie said...

I have admired how you have acknowledged your grief and continued to move forward. Seeing blooms in your garden is surely a way to continue that process. Best wishes to you as spring comes to you... we are looking at a blustery little storm here in my state in the U.S. and then gradually warming and melting snow this coming week. Cheers!

Beachcomber said...

You have been a wonderful example of dertermination despite the feelings of grief you have felt and shared.
I'm sure that you have given many the encouragement to work through their own grief.
The love and companionship you shared with the farmer helped you through this year. I'm sure he'd be very proud of you.
Now you can look forward to watching your new garden thrive this summer.
Sue

Tom Stephenson said...

Bless you Weave. All is trundling along.

janipi said...

My garden is a great healer. We just need some sunshine now to get things growing now. Glad you got through today.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

A good way to spend the day - with friends and in the garden. Now for some sunshine.

Cro Magnon said...

I wish you sunshine so that you can enjoy your new garden. I think we're into a period of rain here, so mine will have to look after itself for a while.

Bovey Belle said...

I am glad that the day passed well for you and your stoicism is admirable. You sound to be moving forward. The gardener certainly sounds as if he knows what he is doing. It will soon be looking lovely with your new plantings.

I don't know where spring is but it is late for the party in my mind!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Sandi - even the gas engineer didn't know without looking it up and he said not to worry unless it kept happening!

Linda Metcalf said...

Planting and gardening....a bit of renewal. Mostly sunny.

Jacqui Fenner-Dixon said...

So glad you had plenty to occupy you on Thursday and how wonderful to have your garden now at a point ready for planting, I'm quite envious :)

Librarian said...

From time to time, do allow yourself those thoughts, even if they are of "no use", as you say. But they are part of the grieving, and healing, eventually.
Your friends and family did well to be there for you all the time. You are a good friend to have, so no wonder they all rally round in times of need.
The way your garden is coming along sounds nice!
It is a beautiful sunny day here today, was windy in the morning but now it is just gorgeous - right in time for my Yorkshire relatives to arrive in a few hours!

Heather said...

How nice to come home to a much tidier garden, ready to be planted up just the way you wish. A new chapter is beginning.
Whatever the weather has in store for us, Spring can't be far away.

Elizabeth said...

Sending virtual hugs. Such good news about progress in the garden. Onwards and upwards!

Curvywitch said...

Virtual ((hugs))and hoping spring finally arrives for good soon.

Minigranny said...

So glad to hear that a start has been made on your garden so let's hope that BST will herald the sun!

Marion said...

So happy you had a good day. It sounds perfect to me! I'd give my right leg for ONE good day, just one, but it's not in the cards. Supposed to be 81 degrees today & I can't find a danged lawn mower for love nor money. The third man cancelled on me yesterday and the grass keeps getting higher. They don't like that I only want the front yard mowed...I can't afford the back, too, so they leave. Maybe it'll rain. :-) xo