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How things change

A few weeks ago, it was just a few words on the radio news…involving a country far away that was affecting people I didn’t know in a city I had never heard of. 

But fast forward to this month, March 2020, and now it’s here and affecting people I do know. And its affecting me too, because of the self isolation lock-down that the government has been forced to enforce to keep everyone as safe as they can. The Corona virus has become a pandemic, and we have to stay at home to stay safe. I fully understand that decision. But its not going to be easy… 

I will always look on the bright side of things, and find a positive outlook, and that was why last week I spent as much time as I could in the garden. Its a large garden, with big hedges on all sides, so me being in the garden isn’t going to affect anyone but me. And I had a lot to do! Because we were in one of those rare patches of warm sunny days albeit with a cold wind. Which meant that I could move the massive pile of cut but damp and partly dried conifers and laurel that were cut last September from the bottom of the garden to the lower part to be dealt with. And it meant I could sort out some of the wood pile that was stacked behind the wooden fence we had installed a few weeks ago at the front. And it meant that the pergola that was residing on the side lawn when we bought the house, and had had the broken and weather rotten awning removed by my husband a few weeks ago when it partly ripped off in a storm, could be taken down (far easier than I had expected) and reassembled (far more difficult that it should have been!!) on the back lawn in a far better place where it can have pretty climbers grown up it and be a focal point to sit under in the summer. So, lots to do! My husband joked when asked, that he hadn’t had chance to get bored in self isolation, since I kept finding him jobs to do!! He was a wonderful help doing the big jobs I can’t do, we work well together. 

So at the end of the week, the conifers have gone, the pergola is up, and the wood pile a little tidier. 

But what isn’t done, is the new railing that was going to be installed by workmen this week as they can’t come out to do it, and although we have a new idea as to what to do with decking, we can’t do it yet. Only imagine! 

Neither can I go to a garden centre and buy some plants for the pergola.

But I can look through all my gardening books for ideas, for when I can. 

I can be arty in the garden, by making it look more appealing, I can choose colours for plants, and shrubs and climbers, I can be an artist in my head!