Friday 1st September
Today is my last day of work then I’m off for 14 days, hopefully to relax and recuperate from a hectic work schedule over the summer. This 14 day period will be known as my “Autumn Slumber ” (original I know) and will of course be full of activities aimed at spending the least about of money while using the time constructively. Probably this will mean time and effort incurred in the garden and if the weather is nice I may be naked as well. However tiring, it will be time well spent, as for me (and many others too) the delight of gardening is in the planning, creating and designing,which all leads to the enjoyment when it all blooms later on in the summer.
The first weekend was full of family oriented celebrations but once that was over we headed home to see what needed doing around thle garden. I’d be trying to make it as good as I can leading up to winter, when the time will be spent,documenting the chilly season, with the coat on and the camera in hand, as I have done in the past few years.
The weekend went well,but typically it’s now Monday and I’ve come down with a heavy cold and feel pretty rotten. The weather was poor too so I spent the time blogging,tiding the house and watching tv.
With the weather once more being inclement it was a day to just potter around. I did some washing tidied up a little then jumped in the car and headed around the local discount shops looking for inspiration for winter planting etc. It didn’t prove very inspirational thot,going to Witham and coming home with nothing but chocolate and a £2.00 weeding brush.
Wednesday was a nice day and I took my mum to visit my eldest son, some hundred or so miles away. We had lunch chatted for a few hours and then came home through the rush hour traffic.
Things being what they are these days, I had hoped to see my young son and only daughter but for some reason only known to them,I’m not on their to do list, so we both returned a little bit disappointed.
Thursday was a much better day weather wise so I decided to do the job I’d been putting off for months and finally got around to treating the lawn, with weed and moss killer and also fertiliser. Rain was forecast for Friday and the weekend, so doing it now was a good time so I’d not have to water it later on.
For more garden exploits and what I did you can read my later post entitled Gardening on a Budget I also spent half the morning sorting out my tool box and tidying up the potting shed (tin garage) as well as putting up some storage containers .In the afternoon I headed to Braintree and did manage to pick up some cyclamen and violas which I planted in some pots when I got home.
Friday was wet as anticipated so once against I decided to pop out for a couple of hours, killing time and hopefully finding that inspiration which was lacking from the previous few days. This time I headed in the direction of Colchester and although I didn’t reach the town itself, my trip reaped dividends as I managed to get hold of two metal wall baskets for the princely sum of £7.98 (£3.99 each). Earlier I’d picked up some coloured heather and also some more cyclamen which I planted in the wall baskets which I fixed up when I got home.
Saturday & Sunday
The weekend was a fairly relaxing one although I decided I’d have to stop eating so much and do some more gardening, as I felt I’d put on weight during the first week and also I need to boost my energy levels for my return to work next Saturday. We watched football then went to Morrisons in town, before I went into the garden once again and cleared the weeds around the pond.We headed to Burnham on Crouch on Sunday for a change of scenery.