Saturday, 22 April 2017

10 Years and Where to Go From Here!

I'm sitting here at my computer with all kinds of thoughts running through my head about blogging. I have published so few posts in recent months that I know I am losing followers. Also I have not visited other blogs as much as I have wanted to.
It feels like I am running out of ideas after 10 years but I don't think it's really that, it's more that I've set myself too high a standard and think I should always be posting lots of lovely photographs.
Having struggled with spinal degenerative changes and the resulting pain I have not been out and about like I used to so have not taken lots of photos.
I have also taken the easy way out with Facebook.
However when I really think about it I do NOT want to stop blogging. I have made too many friends and connections here and learned a lot so.............I am hoping to get out and about more this year as I learn to pace myself and manage pain. We have a holiday booked for next month (having cancelled our holiday last year) and I will be testing the waters and learning to keep within my new limits. Two years ago I could walk all day and climb up and down hills, now it is keeping to the flat as much as possible (not so easy in this country - we even live on a hill). 
I don't want to sound all negative, I know there are many people, and much younger, much worse off than me and I feel blessed. 
So here goes...................

This is the latest area where we took out 9 shrubs and grassed over last season and my new Spirea are doing well.

On the left we see what the winter does to our path and on the right we see what husband Alan does to make them right again.
At the same time he is moving them all closer together as when the ground was soggy in the winter I found it difficult striding out.

Not finished yet, but he is getting there. 
Pretty good for an 85 year old.

and here is dear Rebekah who was 8 last week enjoying the Gymnastic championships at the 02 Arena.
She loves her gymnastic classes and is very good at it.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

2017 Garden So Far

The Green Winter Garden

The slightly Frosty Garden
No hard frosts this year

The Misty Garden

The in between garden 

The Sunny Garden

The Spring Garden

and the Corkscrew Hazel 
which is overwhelming me right now
I pruned it back hard last year and it is again needing a lot of attention and 'I don't know where to start!'
Back issues do not help.
How glad I am that we removed so many shrubs in the last 2 years