Not much writing but lots of photo’s this time. Bit under the weather here, so am laying low and Guys being a fab “looky after” husband.
Job situation not improved, need to decide whether to sit it out for some redundancy, which may appear in a timely fashion around Feb 2011…bit of cash might be nice for a big trip we’re planning…
Or, whether to get a new job now, but it’s not so easy as it will probably be Leeds, involve a commute and is not ideal – but is also not depressing on a daily basis. Probably a state of mind decision, may need to kick myself up the bum or just stick a HUUUGE pic of New Zealand on my desk to get me through it if I stay!!!
Garden is coming on very slowly, if you all fancy coming to stay for a few weeks just to give us a hand in the garden that would be just fab, thanks. Otherwise, it will continue at a snails pace. Photo’s attached.
We have most of the tools and stuff to do the left hand side of the garden. It’s clear of strawberries, we have weed suppressant, most big weeds out, plenty of cardboard to put down. We need to order Sophie’s little house soon – I am off middle two weeks in June so it will be mini grand designs time!!! Today, I potted two pots with dwarf sunflowers and french marigolds (multicoloured). I bought some tumbling toms to go in the tall pots we have, probably with more marigolds to keep the bugs away.
Sophie is giving to gardening effort with one hand and taking with the other…In a moment of what can 0nly be called a school girl error, I asked her to help me to pick all the dandelions out of the lawn (in lieu of us doing a weed and feed on a rainy day). So, now she thinks that we have to pull flowers up each time we go out into the garden. I can’t even point out a flower before she’s stooped down and ripped it’s tiny head from it’s stalk – then gives it to me or just shreds it in front of me. It’s almost as bad as having a cat that brings dead mice in as a surprise for you…sigh.
So, this year I’ll post pictures of flowers I plant and then please visualise them a day later bald and sad, denuded of their flowery tops
I’m going to have to creep out in the dead of night to pick any veg we grow, otherwise she’ll be pulling stuff out by the roots. Mind you, shouldn’t be surprised – last year Guys sister had the skelton of a tomato plant after Sophie picked all the tomatoes off it – green and red. That reminds me, it’s not just flowers she’s eating. It appears she is related to Hugh Fearley Whittingstall. She’s developed a nasty habit of eating random wild stuff too. We thought we were over the eating things phase, having has some months without it. Then, last week, she ate the tops off a bunch of dandelions. The next day she lay on the floor and chomped the top off a random weed in the field. She was then surprised when I scooped her up and hooked it out of her mouth…I fear for the worms now – we’ve been watching Gruffalo (a lot) and there’s a frog that eats a big worm…you’s think we didn’t feed her!
Anyway, off to upload photo’s.