Hello Quince! Welcome to 2014

Hello Quince! Welcome to 2014

There always seems to be some part of the garden writhing with curly untamed green bits that get tangled up with each other and grow into the undiggable ground as well as over it. If the shrubbery looks well, the lane and gravel are covered with clusters of these enemies. If the vegetable garden is semi-under control, the Loft garden is even wilder than usual, while the wooded area behind the round lawn hides an interesting variety of weeds, and presents them to the world when they are nearly fully-grown.

This year is going to be different, of course…

Nature’s storms changed the face of part of the garden by blowing down  some trees last month.  We cleared them away and looked at the gaps that were left.  Then we attacked – we cleared, transplanted or removed shrubs and plants that I loved, but were in the wrong place. Up to yesterday it still looked straggly but we’ve worked hard and at last are beginning  to see the results.  Slowly I’m beginning to believe that maybe this year we might have a tidy garden to show off to our visitors.  Never mind, at least there will always be colour and life in it…

In the past few bitterly cold months I’ve escaped from the house into the Mews myself to write when I’ve time.  I put the heating on for an hour or two in the morning, light the stove, and am warm and cosy for the day.  I prefer  to work in the summer room with its calm scene of the hill in front.  The stove is in the next room but the heat spreads into the summerroom.  And if I get chilly I just switch on the heating again for a while.  Sometimes it’s so cosy I don’t want to go back into the house, so I bring out some food and snuggle down in front of the stove.

It’s good to spend time in the Mews – I’ve realised the living room needs a corner  lamp for instance.  And when I love the newly painted chest of drawers, but when I tried to pull out a drawer it stuck, and the whole chest slid towards me!

It’s satisfying attending to little jobs that make the Mews  more comfortable – I should try it at home – but at this time of year sloshing around in the garden is better….

Twisted Hazel

Twisted Hazel

Still here after all these Years

Still here after all these Years