Another sunny day here and I'm worn out! When it is good weather I work outside, knowing that it could turn to rain at any time. However we haven't had any rain for some days now and the house is getting untidier, with jobs piling up while I continue with outdoor tasks, which are never-ending and now include watering too. I almost wish it would rain so that I could scuttle indoors and do a spot of houseworky stuff ! Those who know me will be shocked at me wanting to do housework.
Despite the time spent outside we have struggled to keep on top of the gardens this year (how tall are those weeds?!). Currently we have a large garden to the front of the house, which has perennial flowers, a lawn, a greenhouse, four growing boxes and eleven beehives. To the rear of the house we have a large greenhouse, three vegetable patches, a small orchard which also houses most of our hens and a garden that we call the fruit garden which also has a small lawned area and large tables where we eat as in "The darling Buds of May"! Going away from the gardens and towards the river is the paddock of approx one and a half acres, which we are having to cut as we don't have enough lambs this year to help keep it down.
We have decided that we will turn the vegetable garden that fronts the paddock into a soft fruit garden, which should be easier to manage than a veg plot. I have been striking new plants for a couple of years now which I intended to sell, but shall use them to stock this garden instead.
We sometimes forget that we are no longer in our thirties, which we were when we moved here. You know how it goes... you walk past a mirror, have quick glance and think "Who is that old crone?!" D. is the big 70 in a few months time and I am 68 and we do pretty well on the whole and are certainly not ready to leave our little corner of Derbyshire, so I guess we need to try to make things just a little easier.
Over the last few weeks for one reason or another we have been providing Doggy Day Care for our daughters and granddaughters' dogs. Today for the first time we haven't got a dog on the property and we can leave gates open and the cat's food on the floor.! Here is a pic, taken yesterday of me and our granddaughter's dog Coda, who is a sweet boy but, as all Labradors, very food driven and thinks he would like a strawberry.
Enough for now.
A Very Very warm welcome to Pamela on the side there and Colleen Nurse on blog lovin
Off outside again now.