Whilst there is nothing stopping me from doing things in the garden throughout the year, let’s face it – from the end of October through until the first signs of spring it’s not that nice out there. I’m not a hermit through the winter. I’m outside all the time and Little H and I love going on walks on our mummy-H days. But going out in the garden is generally a depressing and muddy experience. I don’t want to churn up my lawn and I can’t do much to the shrubs and flower beds at the time of year. But then suddenly the weather will change slightly and without even noticing I’ll have my secateurs out and I’ll be pruning something. When that day arrives, I swear I feel my soul lift! Because nothing is better for my physical and mental health than some fresh air, sunshine and a bit of time with my plants.
As 2011 reached it’s end, I decided to write an end of year post which reflected back on the highs and lows of the last 12 months. Since then, it has become a personal tradition to write and publish my “That was the year that was” post on 31 December every year. More than anything, this post is a personal opportunity to look back as a year a draws to a close. 2016 has been another life changing year with my Maternity Leave reaching it’s an end, seeing me become a working mum. Little H has changed beyond belief in the last 12 months and is rapidly approaching the big 2. It’s been a whirlwind of a year but a fantastic one.
Thank-you to everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my blog. I have loved hearing your thoughts and feedback on what I’ve written. I am extremely grateful that you all spare your valuable time to stop by. I have also enjoyed reading all of the wonderful posts you have written this year! I can’t wait for some more fantastic reads throughout 2017. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
But 2016 isn’t over until it’s over. So let’s dive right in…
Did anyone else notice how a couple of weeks ago, someone suddenly started turning the sun on later and later in the morning. AND started turning it off earlier and earlier in the evening? The horror! It happens every year but yet it always shocks and surprises me. My head expects it to happen gradually. But it doesn’t. In a matter of days, I will go from admiring my garden whilst washing-up after dinner to realising my kitchen window needs a polish as I stare at my blurry-reflection on a pitch-black background. I actually love autumn, but I really miss the light.
Every month I try to post my ‘Five Favourite Finds’ for the month. They can be absolutely anything new that I have come across. The challenge: making sure I find five each month. Some months really do prove tougher than others but there is lots of fun had in the search. I’m using it to try encourage myself to find new things and also share my finds with you all to save you the leg work! So without further ado and in no particular order…
So every month I try to post my ‘Five Favourite Finds’ for the month. They can be absolutely anything new that I have come across. The challenge: making sure I find five each month. I’m using it to try encourage myself to find new things and also share my finds with you all to save you the leg work! So without further ado and in no particular order…
I’ve been quite quiet on the blog front for the last fortnight because, whenever possible, I have been spending a lot of my spare time in the garden. It’s really starting to take shape for the summer and some of the ‘improvement’ and ‘tidying’ work we have been doing means it’s looking better than ever.
I massively tidied-up the back of the garden and planted some onion sets in the new space. I also have potatoes in the ground and two lots in bags (one more to go). We also turned the compost heap to get the good stuff out of it!
One of my friends started posting on Facebook last week with the hash tag #100HappyDays. I was intrigued so I searched for it; What I found was the http://100happydays.com/ website. In summary, it’s a challenge to find something that makes you happy in every single day for 100 days. Sounds so simple but even as a relatively cheery (albeit slightly cynical!) person I can often pass a day feeling quite down. So I decided to take part!
I’m tweeting my pictures everyday and using the #100HappyDays tag. But here are my first three Happy pics:
It is SO windy today! It must have picked-up in the night. The poor plants on the decking seem to have taken a battering, although most don’t look too worse-for-wear. However, annoyingly the bird table got blown over; not in itself an issue, it rained in the night so the corner on the ground got sodden and now the wood has all broken off. Boo 🙁 Oh well! It’s upright now and sheltered behind a bush so hopefully the bursts of sun will dry it out.
It is a bit too windy to hang the washing out safely, but I am going to venture forth after my cuppa to do some plant re-potting. Then we are going to have a Cranks nut roast (the enhanced cheese and tomato version) for lunch. YUM! My stomach is rumbling already.
At almost all stages of life, a person will never ever ever be without something they should be doing. Regardless of how well we manage our to-do lists (or whatever organisation approach one uses), there is always something on there which is the tedious job that never gets done. I am thinking of tasks such as ‘clearing out old bank statements’ or ‘re-organising the ‘stuff’ cupboard in the kitchen’ or…you get the idea.
So, with that in mind, it is key for those of us with neurotic and over-ambitious tendencies to learn at what point it is okay to relax. I am part way through reading a book right now which a colleague recommended to Sam. It’s called Getting Things Done and it basically covers how to manage everything you have going on in your life so you don’t get behind. I have made a good dent in it but I am still only on section 1. I have made some vague attempts at applying the techniques but section 2 is where the real action is. Anyhow, the reason for mentioning the book is because it really emphasises the need to distinguish between the things that need doing in the very near future, things that require attention soon and those things that one would ‘like’ to do. It really is stating the obvious but I find that very hard to do.
You can imagine my consternation then when I was flopped on the sofa this afternoon and had nothing pressing on me to require me to move. So, I didn’t. I sat there and did what any modern day lass would do – I faffed on my phone! Eventually, of course, I tired of this doing-nothingness and meandered in to the garden to ‘apply’ some plant-pot feet to my arrangement of decking pots. Tired out by that strenuous activity, I summoned my last bit of energy to turn my laptop on.
Now, Sam mentioned something about a curry tonight. My stomach demands attention so I shall bid you all farewell and go to investigate…