There’s been quite a gap since the last time I wrote and for good reason too. See, while the title says “a good sit down” and indicates that I’ve had one in the time I haven’t been writing, the reality is anything but. The other reason for the title is that I do happen to have a rather nice picture of the outdoor set we have, that I would like to sit down on, after removing the contribution by the birds:
The reason for the longer-than-usual period of absence is that there is a great change and upheaval coming for us, for the house and for the garden. It kicked off a few weeks ago and has been the focus of my attention. This blog has been unfortunately neglected in the mean time.
You see, now the garden is no longer for me and my enjoyment, it is now an advert, there purely for appeal. Borders have been weeded, grass cut short and edges trimmed. The patio is swept, the pots tidied away, seed trays have been cleared. There has been no collecting of seed, no sowing of new trays, no cuttings, no autumn bulb plantings or pots set up for next spring. Everything is kept as pristine as possible. It is no longer a “working” garden.
If all goes to plan, the sun will be setting on my time in this garden. My days working, caring, tending and enjoying it are numbered. It seems appropriate that as the last of the summer slips into autumn and the garden begins to drift off to sleep, so I might tuck it into bed and say good night to it for the very last time.