Three things were learned this weekend during my first trip of the year to the allotment:
- One. I need a secure sort of something to store some basic equipment (forks, spades, wine, biscuits) so I don’t have to lug it with me every time I go to dig, plant or harvest.
- Two. Rain brings up all sorts of debris to the surface of the soil, including glass shards. Glass + children = certain amounts of cuts and tears (probably mine).
- Three. If driving to the allotment take spare clean shoes to go home in. New car + muddy wellington boots do not mix and makes for a frustrated mummy.
Looking down the plot (March 2013)
Collecting up the rubbish
A passing steam train
Freshly dug section of the plot (March 2013)
Okay, so I realise that it is March but, as you probably have noticed, I have been neglecting the blog fairly badly of late. But, then again, it is a blog about gardening and as the garden has either been covered in alternating layers of snow and ice for what feels like months or hidden under a layer of mud and water there hasn’t been much of anything to write about.
Today started out sunny with a slight dusting of yesterdays snow covering the paths. But it was cold. The kind of cold that makes you eyes and nose run simultaneously and takes your breath away and dries the back of your throat with every in breath. I had plans to get wrapped up warm and walk over to the allotment but by the time I had returned from walking the wee boy to his nursery class the weather had closed in and intermittent flurries of furious snow were whistling and swirling bringing the temperature down even further. So, instead of a walk I opted for a mug of hot coffee and an hour on the lap top with my back pressed against the warmth of the radiator.
It hasn’t just been the blog that has been overlooked, as I booted up my email account I realised that it had also been a victim of my tardiness. Endless emails advertising this that and the other filled the inbox and the trash box – oh! was even worse with amount of emails in there reaching four figures. Delete, delete, delete.
I have experienced significant change in my life over the past few months which has resulted in cupboards cleaned and drawers re-organised, new fabrics bought and new order in the household. Today, my social media outlets got the same treatment.
Little Muddy Boots has served me well but I feel that Girl Gardening has more to offer. I am, after all, a girl who gardens, not one who wears little muddy boots and Larger Shabby Muddy Boots just didn’t have the same ring to it. I had. a while ago begun to set up a whole new account for Girl Gardening but then decided it was a shame to lose all those posts (including my Turbines post which was Freshly Pressed in June 2012) and delightful followers that I had accumulated over the years so I have today migrated and merged, re-designed and re-named. I hope you like it and I hope that we will, at some point, get the weather we deserve to get out and garden together!