Wednesday 26 January 2011
P.S Thanks so much for all the lovely comments I've received over the last few posts. It is wonderful to know other people too enjoy the same things that I love to ramble on about! Thank you too for the recommendations for the Susan Hill book with more Angela Barrett drawings, I do have it actually (it was given to my free by a stall holder at the flea market when I bought another old gardening book lucky me!) and I love her illustrations in "Through the Kitchen Window" as well.
Tuesday 18 January 2011
How times change. Around the time I went to university it dawned on me that gardening is a "please yourself" state of mind. I'd been under the misconception that to be a "proper gardener" you needed to be an expert in all areas and it truly overwhelmed me - don't ask me why but it did.
Over the years more garden gurus have inspired me too. First Mr Beardshaw - or maybe his eyes I'm not completely sure, then Mr Pearson and his poetic, ambitious style. And Alys F is now a firm favourite as well, I love her city garden that's so full of joy and the way she writes about it with such easy going charm.
("September" by Angela Barret from The Gardener's Almanac)
Who are your gardening gurus? Happy gardening.
Saturday 8 January 2011
And now it looks like patience really is a virtue, because there it was on the rail earlier this week, in the actual size I need, for £6! £32 less than the original. It fits like a dream and I already have plenty of cardigans, shoes, beads etc to go with. Oh happy day!
So I'm rather chuffed and feel a little like these furry pair - literally the cats who got the cream (that we didn't use in the curry!).
Sunday 2 January 2011
But change is afoot here this year and January in 2011 opens a new door, full of promise and a rather monumental challenge. The good news is that in the end, after months of anxiety, I heard just before Christmas that my job is safe.
And what I might have lost in paid hours, I've got back in time. Precious, precious time - which my money just can't buy. So I am making a list to start the New Year of what I will be doing more or less of with my 15 extra hours a week!
* Strolling to school and back over the fields with my boys - oh I've missed doing this so much over the past 18months when I took on extra hours. It's been too long since we collected feathers, listened to the birds, counted hanging baskets and all that sort of nonsense.
* Growing more - I love our allotment and now at last I can put some real effort into the veg, establish a cut flower patch and spend the summer doing what I love best - gardening.
* Spending less in supermarkets - even though I do most of our weekly shop at the lovely old market, it's been tricky to manage it properly. Now though I can do the whole shop in town at the grocers, greengrocers, fishmonger etc and its cheaper. Using cash and my list, I seem to buy only what I've planned to at each shop. Supermarkets are far too distracting!
* Making bread - I've been promising to do this for years. There is bread flour in the cupboard so here I go.
* Decorating - my poor boys' bedrooms are crying out for a lick of paint, new curtains and a cheer up.
* Cooking more - a few years ago I'd have described myself as a reluctant cook, but since making friends with Hugh & Nigel my culinary life has been transformed. Nigel in particular has given me the confidence to enjoying trying, to savour and just to eat. Nothing more complicated, and that suits me and I will carry on.
And of course there are all the really boring, mundane jobs which never get done or end up dominating the weekend which I'm hoping to get on top of at long last.