Wednesday, 10 February 2016

All Systems Go

Well, it has started....the ball is rolling......all systems go.
I can hardly believe that February is halfway through and today was the first time we have spent in the garden. Actually not quite a day.....

.......but a perfect day nontheless.

It began with the Ash Wednesday service at Winchelsea Church.
My little school choir sang "I can see clearly" and did very well, despite being somewhat awestruck by being in the church rather than in the familiar school hall.

As I travelled home for a welcome cuppa, the clarity across the marshes was astonishing......even a partial rainbow, echoing the words of the tune we sang......
"Here is the rainbow I`ve been waiting for....."

We decided it was the day to prune the Lane`s Prince Albert apple tree.
It doesn`t take long and we soon warmed up.....Steve using the long arm and myself climbing up the tree itself, gripping my secateurs.

The trouble is, from this picture I can see we have a missed a few.

After the weekend storm, there were plenty of leaves, twigs and small branches to pick up all around the garden.
I managed some weeding despite the wet soil.
Steve pruned the wisterias. 
I hard pruned our pittosporum.....a flower arranger would have welcomed the prunings.

All around our garden are signs of an early spring.

These daffodils come up in the fruit net every year. I don`t remember planting them here. Possibly a stray bulb in the compost? But beautiful.

The camellias have been flowering for weeks.

Once upon a time we dug our garden over every autumn. We don`t do it so often now
 but it does need a good smattering of manure.

We still have lovely carrots in the ground.
The difference between the taste of them and the shop-bought ones would make you believe they were different vegetables. Another great reason for home-grown.

We ended the day with a trip to £Stretcher where seeds are 39p a packet!!!
Then a bit of retail therapy in TKMaxx...
.....and finally our tai chi class where we have just about got to grips with our newest form.
It has taken quite a while to get there, so a good sense of achievement.

All in all a darned good day.


  1. So lovely to see bursts of colour in the garden at this time of year, a very welcomed sight indeed x x