13. NOVEMBER

The weather is still very mild and I was lucky enough to have another helper in my garden. This time it was Mike who came on Friday and left today after lunch. We worked most of the day yesterday, cutting down, digging out unwanted trees – a lopsided pine that was obscuring my two lovely yews.

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They have got all the space they need now. After that we changed the arrangement with the strings with CDs over the pond, they’re supposed to scare the heron from fishing there. And last but not least Mike fixed my little bird bath cum drinking fountain on the fence so I’m very hopeful the birds will appreciate it.

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DECEMBER 31st 2021

I am quite glad to see this year out. I’m hoping the next one is going to be an improvement on the last one but I’m not very sure. But I’m positive, as long my health is ok and I can walk to the allotment, do my daily Guardian crossword and have my best mate – Frank – by my side, I’m happy.

Today was another spring day, I don’t even think it is December, just enjoy the moment. Of course I went to the allotment, harvested some chard and cleared some ivy from the shed – amazing how quickly it grows! I took my eye off it and there it was, half way around the door. The winter honeysuckle that I transplanted from my Mum’s garden after she died is doing very well, it flowers and the scent is fantastic.

The back garden is finished as well, put down another bag of the compost so it looks much better and it’ll get the feed it needed. The pond needed a new fountain and a general clean and that is done as well. It looks like a brand new pond.

NOVEMBER

Even though we are in November already there is still enough colour in the garden. I love these pale pinks blossoms. There is also one rose flowering, it certainly cheers everything up

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Later today I went to the allotment, just wanted to get some carrots and parsnips. I took some photos there as well, I still have a rose flowering there. The Asian pear is dropping the leaves now and the colour is lovely.

MORE THERAPY

I am a firm believer that working in the garden is beneficial for the whole person – body and mind. Anytime I feel down or just out of sorts I know I can get better by working either on the allotment or in my back garden. Today was the back garden’s turn.

Beside the fence between us and our friends in no. 6 is a line of different trees, all planted there as seedlings, found in different places. Some are conifers and in the far corner are two silver birches. I remember planting them there years ago, very soon after we moved here (in 1973). Some years ago we had them shortened and I thought that would be the end of the trees. Not so. They sprouted from the cut ends and within a few years they were as tall as before.

Yesterday was a very nice day so I started working. Managed to fill three wheelie bins, then bad light stopped my activity. Work resumed today, it was another nice day and my mood lifted as I worked. I am delighted with the result. Who needs tree surgeons when I can do it myself?

BEFORE AND AFTER

Today was the turn of the back garden to be sorted out. I have not paid too much attention to it during last year – I was concentrating on the allotment as I wanted to do well in the competition. There was no competition this year so after harvesting as much as I could on the allotment I turned to do some work in the back garden.

This was three days ago.

After serious cutting down and filling up four wheelie bins we have this: