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Feeling positive!

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I have had very little interest in the garden over the past few weeks, have only opened up the cold frame and plastic growhouse when I’ve remembered and have put it down to the after effects of the heart attack, the new medicines and the lack of energy!

Yesterday, for some reason, it was as though a light had been switched on and I became aware that Spring had arrived. Birds were coming in to feed at all times of the day … the Robins and Blackbirds seemed to sing non-stop!

Just a few signs of colour in the back garden …

Last Thursday I bought some climbing plants from a supermarket … thanks to Dottydaisy for letting GoYers know of the bargains to be had! … At £1.79 per plant they were too good to pass by … but I have felt too lethargic to plant them … until now … with luck they’ll be in the ground tomorrow …

I also have a climbing Rose to plant … a £2 bargain … if it thrives! … plus 200 Summer bulbs from a GW magazine offer …

Cardiac Rehab. team advise that I take a 30 minute walk each day … which doesn’t sound very long but certainly feels it at times! … So yesterday OH and I chose to go to the countryside and walk around a lake we used to visit regularly … how disappointing to find it is no longer a fishing lake …

At least the Ducks, Coots and Moorhens are still around … and eventually swam up for the bread we gave them …

I wanted to know how much of the lake was visible from the woods … so we climbed over the stile … said ‘Hello’ to the horses … who completely ignored us! … and found fencing virtually all around the lake … we shan’t bother to return for a while … even though the views of the South Downs are a welcome sight …

This morning my walk, or should I say our walk, took us to an area close to the sea and one of the very posh private estates we live near to … as children my sister and I would ride our bicycles along the rough tracks between the fields … stopping off at the pond on the corner near ‘Piggy Lane’ … now re-named ‘Peak Lane’ as the posh folk didn’t like ‘Piggy Lane’ … yes, that is true … :o( …

The pond looks just the same as it did when we used to gather our frog spawn from it … over 40 years ago! … We still laugh at the memory of putting the frog spawn into a small enamel bowl … temporarily … then my sister had a ‘bubble bath’ … as one did back in the day … the bubble effervesced from the outside drain … you’ve guessed … straight into the enamel bowl and killed off the frog spawn … we were so upset at the time … and felt guilty for days after …

I was really pleased to see that very little has changed around the lanes … the hedgerow was full of birds chirping in amongst the Ivy and we even heard a Peacock making the distinctive call … the old thatched cottage with the Geese in the garden was lovely …

So pleased I stopped to say ‘Hello’ to this horse … as I then spotted the clump of Snowdrops near the fencing …

Such delicate flowers … mine need to be placed further forward to be seen easily … shall add it to my garden chores list! …

Megan refused to come in before we set off for today’s walk … the reason she wanted to be outdoors is apparent from the next photo … bad cat … AND she growled at me when I approached her! …

The Roses and Lilies OH bought in the supermarket on Saturday (yes, he’s doing the shopping too!) are opening up now … another splash of colour to cheer! …

Looking forward to being in the garden again soon …

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Very good news to know you are beginning to enjoy things again in the garden. Sounds as though you are on the way up by the way you described your lovely walks and what you saw around you.

21 Feb, 2012

 

What a wonderful blog, Shirley.
Great colour in your garden ... bargain plants ... lovely pictures of your walks ...

... and you in a very positive, happy frame of mind...
... excellent :o))) x

21 Feb, 2012

 

Fabulous blog, Shirley! Thank you for taking us on your lovely walk to see the pond and the thatched cottage, and other old haunts.

You've a fair bit of planting in view, but don't do it all at once, lol. You still have to take things a bit easy (please).

21 Feb, 2012

 

Wonderful blog Shirley. So glad your feeling better.
With scenes like that I think its well worth going for your 30 min walk each day.

21 Feb, 2012

 

A really enjoyable blog Shirley. So good to hear you are beginning to pick up now and getting your zest for the garden back. Slow but sure, that's the ticket.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks for sharing your walk and pleased to hear that you are feeling better, Ollie brought me a mouse on my birthday not the kind of present I was expecting :-))

21 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely blog Shirley..& what a lovely walk you both had...so pleased you are feeling a little more positive..:o)

21 Feb, 2012

 

Nice to see you're able to go for walks Shirley. There's nothing like a bit of fresh air and gentle excercise.
The renaming of Piggy Lane reminded me of 'Dai the Barber', near here ........ it's been renamed 'Hair by David' lol
Well I don't know what you expect Megan to do with a mouse ... maybe she could take it on a walk to Piggy lane :D
Lovely photos from your garden, and I hope all your new plants give a good display in the summer :o)

21 Feb, 2012

 

Glad to hear your strarting to feel better. Beautiful area you live in, must make walks very enjoyable (presuming reasonable weather that is).

Looks like you've had some great buys from M...S :) I've still not made it over yet :( Planning on having some time off next week so planning on stopping in (along with one or two GCs) :)) *rubs hands together in anticiaption* lol

Lol can't say I blame those posh lot for having the road name changed, but I'd care to wager its still known as Piggy Lane to all the locals :)))

21 Feb, 2012

 

Ojibway93 ... it's becoming more and more difficult to locate a decent country walk these days ... so much land is being built on ... :o(

Terra ... definitely feeling more relaxed now ... just hope I continue to recover well ... :o)

Sheilabub ... OH and our son are planning to erect the greenhouse this Sunday ... so do I go out with d-in-law to avoid the blue air or do we stay at home and provide them with refreshment? ... lol! .....

Willinilli ... we are very close to the sea too ... may choose a beach walk for tomorrow ... depends on the tide times ... :o)

Thanks, Hb, I certainly won't be out there digging for too long ... you're right about it being slow but sure!

Oh Mavis ... aren't cats just horrible at times? ... It may be Nature but it's not nice!

Hi Joan ... even neighbour John said he was surprised to see those plants still by the back door ... didn't offer to plant them for me though ... lol!

Hello Hywel ... 'Hair by David' ... does that translate to 'We charge more for a haircut now'? ... Megan really is the best 'Mouser' I have ever known ... she'd be good on a farm! ... :o)))

Sam ... we are fortunate to live between the South Downs and the sea ... but developers are buying up land so fast now for property development ... commuters love moving down here from London! ... Good luck with your plant shopping next week ... :o)

21 Feb, 2012

 

Nice to know you are doing so well Shirley., and the photos are fabulous. Love the thatched cottage.

21 Feb, 2012

 

A lovely blog and pics,Shirley..and I echo all the above comments..it is so good to know you are starting to get your 'get up and go' back..and your interest in your garden..Spring is round the corner,so it can only get better..you will be raring to go,when you get your greenhouse erected..and all those lovely new plants to watch as they grow..take care...even Megan brings you 'gifts'! Lol.

21 Feb, 2012

 

Sounds like you're doing OK Shirley. Lovely blog and ... take it easy ... X

21 Feb, 2012

 

Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery Shirley, and i love your blog thankyou for taking us there :)

21 Feb, 2012

 

Delighted to see this blog Shirley, you sound a lot better and its good that you are thinking of your gardening jobs, easy ones for you in small doses are the rules this year, you get the supervisors role and of course the admiring and dishing out compliments can also be your job, keep the workers happy, lol.
You have taken some lovely pics, your walk was in a beautiful area, it seems to have a bit of everything, water and rolling hills, quite like the cottage as well, though not sure about the geese, I find them a bit scary like guard dogs..
Colour coming back in the garden really cheers one up, signs of springtime and my birds definitely have springfever.
That look in Megans eyes say`s she is definitely not sharing this time..Take care Shirley..

21 Feb, 2012

 

Well you just can't keep a good gardener down can you? I'm feeling tired just reading what you're up to - mind you don't overdo it Shirley.
In my opinion 'Piggy Lane' sounds so much better. :-))
Lovely blog and photos.

22 Feb, 2012

 

Do you have a copy of the County Definitive Map Shirley?
The Public Rights of Way should be marked on it.
Those developers should not be building on any RoW.
I particularly liked the photograph of the water. Very difficult to paint, but some could copy it onto a picture of something else that includes water.

22 Feb, 2012

 

Glad you're beginning to feel better - sunshine always has that effect, doesn't it. Happy gardening! :o)

22 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely - also getting ready for the garden to come to life - can see the crocuses :) Love that cottage and lovely pics :))

22 Feb, 2012

 

glad you are feeling much better. This will give comfort to Spritz when she finally gets her op [it was postponed yesterday :(]

the photos are lovely.
could I borrow the cat to catch the mouse that is eating its way through my bulbs and corms in the greenhouse. :o)

22 Feb, 2012

 

Very nice pictures lovely Blog glad you are feeling better. Love the cottage picture.

22 Feb, 2012

 

lovely to see you shirley and great blog and photos,
i saw the plants in shop but havent got any as yet, i must before they go lol
lovely lake and walk, wonder why the fishing has stopped.
megan you bad puss lol
of dear, casper drops the poor things when i ask him, so i can normally get them, sometimes still alive but some not. very sad but doing their job.
also i can see you giving out your orders to where to plant new plants haha, dont you even try yourself ok, take care :o)) xxx

22 Feb, 2012

 

Glad to hear you are feeling much better. I enjoyed the little walk with you. It must be wonderful to have somewhere like this close by.

22 Feb, 2012

 

fantastic blog/photo's Shirley, glad you are looking forward to the garden again, take care and don't try over doing things

22 Feb, 2012

 

Great walks you have been taking Shirley, lovely photos. That cottage is pretty, bet the geese 'bark' at the postman! You have some lovely plants too, be careful planting them out at the moment, it is still quite cold and they have been in the warm. I planted out a viburnam and have to keep covering it over with a large pot. Roll on spring & sunshine. Love that Hellebore.

22 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Its all been said i endorse it.Progress steady don't over do it.
x

22 Feb, 2012

 

So pleased to read you're feeling so well Shirley. I enjoyed your blog :)

22 Feb, 2012

 

My goodness ... I have just logged on to GoY for the first time today (9pm) and am thrilled to read all your comments! ... Thankyou all so very much for reading this blog ... no walking today as I did an exercise class for an hour ... the new plants are still languishing in their pots ... one more day won't harm them! ... :o)))

22 Feb, 2012

 

Me to Shirley I so enjoyed your blog to.

Dont over do it though .

22 Feb, 2012

 

Great blog Shirley...love the pics, glad you are feeling optimistic about the coming Spring, take care and grow strong xxx

23 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Scotkat ... my rest time is taken up with doing a very nice jigsaw somebody swapped! ... Have pieced together 2 of the 3 cars so far ... :o) .......

Hi Motty, thanks for your kind words ... :o)))

23 Feb, 2012

 

So glad you're feeling more yourself Shirley, lovely pics and what lovely places you have to walk:-)

23 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks, Ba ... you just need to go off the beaten track where the tourists don't go ... lol!

23 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely blog. I enjoyed the walk with you. So pleased you are feeling better. Just take things slowly and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring :)

25 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks for enjoying this blog, Gee ... today we have blue sky with sunshine ... perfect for getting the GH built ... I'm on refreshment duties while OH and son do the work! ... :o)

26 Feb, 2012

 

I'ts pleasant here too,Shirley..no sun as yet,but calm and mild..going outside myself now. ...good luck with the GH..hope you don't have to cover your ears !:o)x

26 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks, Sandra ... GH all built now ... just need to furnish it ... :o)))

26 Feb, 2012

 

I bet you are delighted,Shirley..wait till daylight to fill it..lots of time :o)..you will be planning all sorts of things in your mind...and knowing you,it will be full soon :o) x

26 Feb, 2012

 

Summer here again today:-)

26 Feb, 2012

 

Mild and calm here too,Ba..but no sunshine..got lots done outside,and so nice to be out there..:o)

26 Feb, 2012

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