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Garden, 6am

I’ve been awake since about 4:30 in the morning, something that’s increasingly common now that I’m not taking sleeping tablets to control the fibromyalgia. I wake up (this morning thanks to the entire dawn chorus taking place in the forsythia outside the bedroom window), and I don’t go back to sleep again. Today, after having […]

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Yep, it’s definitely spring!

A couple of days ago we looked out of the kitchen window to be greeted by this – the blackthorn (sloe) tree suddenly in full blossom at the far end of the garden! I love the delicate little flowers – such a contrast to the vehement spikiness of the tree itself. The pear tree’s waking […]

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Signs of Spring

We’ve had a few nice spring-like days lately (I even took my woolly gloves off this afternoon!) and tiny signs are starting to show in the garden. Because we have absolutely no idea what’s planted here, it’s fascinating to see what turns up. Like this miniature daffodil, all by itself! I’ve counted three altogether, all […]

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If you don’t ask…

…you don’t get. Sometimes you can ask and you still don’t get, but if you don’t do the asking in the first place, you’ll never know. I’ve always had a hard time asking for things. Always expected other people to somehow magically know what I wanted, which of course led to disappointment when they inevitably […]

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It’s that time of year again. Too much food, not enough exercise, late nights, late mornings, never shifting from the sofa. I’ve officially done too much relaxing now, eaten too much chocolate, and I need to get moving again. Yesterday I started sewing, and now that the Christmas knitting is finished I’ve picked up a […]

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First Frost

Just a quick morning note to say how much I love my new garden. I know it will need years of work to get it looking how I can see it inside my head. But it’s going to be worth it. The light is so beautiful, no matter what time of day it is. Right […]

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Investigating the garden

One of the reasons I was so keen to buy this house was the size of the garden. This is the back third. It has been, and will be again, a vegetable patch. At the moment it’s so overgrown that you can’t see where the individual beds are, so I thought I’d start by doing […]

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First Fruit

We’re finally in to the new house, starting to get settled. Things have been a little more difficult than we expected. The previous owner was a smoker, and also had a great big dog. This has meant that we’ve had an awful lot more cleaning to do than we anticipated. We’ve already cleaned the place […]

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Surprise tomato!

When we discovered that we were buying a new house, the first thing we needed to do to sell ours was to sort out the garden. A few weeks after our friend Dan had miraculously transformed it for us, Paul spotted a tomato plant growing in one of the borders. It was swiftly followed by […]

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Harris Garden

Last weekend we went to an open day at the Harris Garden, part of the University of Reading. For some reason I’d completely forgotten how to make my camera behave, so I managed to come home with a grand total of three in-focus photos. Here they are!

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