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from my heart attack and I’m adapting to a slower pace of life! The diagnosis given is heart failure, meaning the heart is not pumping blood around the body as well as it used to. The heart muscle has some damage and my main problem is the fatigue that comes with it. Like many GoYers, I could happily be out in the garden, pottering about for hours, but my maximum is about one hour at the moment before I am feeling tired. Even one hour is enough to stop any gardening withdrawal symptoms though!

Hey ho, meds and exercise are helping, as is my lovely husband, never realised he had so much patience! He has gone to watch Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle this afternoon, so I have enjoyed some time sorting pots in the Greenhouse, nothing too strenuous.

It has been challenging to sit and watch the birds and bees without getting up to ‘just deadhead this and that’ or ‘just tidy that area up.’ Watching Red Admiral butterflies feeding on some pears OH had thrown out, seeing many different birds feeding on the Sunflower hearts has been so enjoyable.

I contacted our local Freecycle site and asked if anyone had some logs I could add to our slowly rotting pile, after a few days I had an offer of some and now have a decent amount for bugs and insects to lurk in. They don’t look much but I know that Stag Beetles appear every so often and at least one Toad has been known to jump out and scare me! The log pile is in a dry corner of the garden, along with Teasels and a bee box, also the bird feeder so I don’t cultivate it very much.

On the last day of August I was thrilled to see the ‘naked ladies’ were in full bloom, sadly not for long as some heavy rain showers flattened them a few days later.

My OH really surprised me by cutting some Pinks for the house, never known him do that before! They have the most wonderful scent, such a bonus for this time of year.

This pretty Nerine opened up yesterday

This white Geranium is ‘Summer Snow’, gifted by Karen via Simbad and likes to sprawl through the mauve Hebe.

The Ceanothus is flowering yet again, the third time this year and one little Clematis flower is boldly climbing through it!

An annual climber I grew from seed is Spanish Flag (Mina Lobata) and seems happy to climb anywhere where the sun shines on it.

Bees are having a feast on the Sedums …

Finally, the grapes are looking plump for another year and the leaves are changing to those wonderful red and gold hues.

I hope to be looking through your blogs and photos before too long, hope you are all keeping well and are enjoying some good gardening days.

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Hi

Glad you are feeling a bit better ... photos look great , will do you good to get out and about (but only looking) ...

Gg

24 Sep, 2017

 

Thanks Gg ... did the the Matrona leaf cuttings root for you? I think I might try to propagate some from the variegated 'Autumn Charm' next week.

24 Sep, 2017

amy
Amy
 

I'm pleased to hear your doing the right thing in resting Shirley and enjoying it, sometimes we forget to sit and stare missing all the wonderful nature & wildlife in our hurry to get everything done asap , take care of yourself and let your hubby spoil you .. I love the Mina Lobata I had some one year growing up my runner bean canes ...

24 Sep, 2017

 

I loved the Mina too. And what a good idea growing a clematis in a Ceanothus! Definitely a tip to remember.
Glad to hear you are taking things steady and that OH is looking after you.

24 Sep, 2017

 

Glad you have lots of things to enjoy outside without having to put too much effort in :) Hope you get to feeling better and better too x

24 Sep, 2017

 

Hi Shirley, nice to hear from you. I'm glad you've been in the garden - the air and seeing the plants and hearing the birds will be of benefit to you. Please take care though :)

24 Sep, 2017

 

Well, you have plenty to enjoy there Shirley and whats more, OH is definitely stepping up...you must have really scared him ;) Lol...but seriously, it all looks perfectly groomed, and the autumn and winter months will take care of themselves, allowing you to build up your strength a lot. So keep up the good work resisting the urge to jump up to pull weeds and dead-head. You are doing great. :) we are all thinking of you x

24 Sep, 2017

 

So lovely to hear from you, Shirley, your garden pics are looking good. Glad to hear you are adjusting to a slower pace of life & as Karen said autumn & winter will give you more time to gradually build up your strength.
It is hard to sit & watch but I've found it does get easier if you can lose yourself in an absorbing hobby or a good book.
Take care of yourself.

25 Sep, 2017

 

Good to hear from you Shirley a slower pace of life must be hard to start with but I am sure you will do it right and continue to make progress take care Denise x

25 Sep, 2017

 

Hi Shirley

Yes 3 of the leafs took you sent me so happy with that and last Friday Carol Klein giving away my secret lol on GW.

Its a bit too late in the season to take leaf cuttings but stem cuttings will be fine before the 1st frost about 3 inches long and a good 2 inches buried in a gritty compost .... but dont be tiring yourself out (promise).

Gg

25 Sep, 2017

 

Hi Shirley, it is great to see you on here and that a bit better. Your garden looks great. As the others have already said, use these colder months to look after yourself as frustrating as it can be. Take care of yourself Jen

25 Sep, 2017

 

I am glad to hear you are doing well,just take things easy.

25 Sep, 2017

 

Hi Shirley lovely to hear from you, I had no idea, just read your previous blog! the garden still looks good, and as everyone has said you have the winter to rest and recover..... sending hugs....xx

25 Sep, 2017

 

Its good to hear from you Shirley, easy steps is better than no steps isn't it, so pleased you are doing okay, though I know when one is so used to getting stuck in, it comes hard to let someone else take over, lovely photos Shirley, keep up the being good regime, it does make sense doesn't it, by next springtime hopefully you'll be managing longer times, without the tiredness kicking in....

25 Sep, 2017

 

Glad to hear you are adjusting so well to a slower pace of life Shirley.

25 Sep, 2017

 

Hi Shirley, so pleased to hear you are making good progress. It's frustrating when your head says you can do it, but you are not allowed to do anything isn't it !! But I am sure you will soon be able. Sending you love, and a "good on ya" to OH.

25 Sep, 2017

 

Great photos, glad you are improving. Take it slow and enjoy life at a slower pace. The garden will slow down until next year.

25 Sep, 2017

 

Lovely to hear that your on the mend and able to drink in all the pleasures of the garden.

25 Sep, 2017

 

A big 'Thank you' to each and every one of you for taking the time to comment ... it really is very much appreciated.

I noticed today that the leaves on the potted Hostas are turning yellow, a sure sign that Autumn is here. It will soon be time to mulch the flower borders with some home made compost!
I have made the decision to forego home composting as it is hard work, turning the stuff, then getting it into a wheelbarrow ready to spread. When the two bins are emptied that will be it ... needs must I'm afraid!

The brown bin for the council will be filling up more often.

25 Sep, 2017

 

Shirley my Hosta's went yellow overnight, I couldn't believe it when I ventured down the garden this morning, mind you it had been pouring down again and was so very cold with it, such a change from yesterday. Can understand about the composting and don't blame you, it does take some turning when the bins are full up...

25 Sep, 2017

 

I agree Shirley. I haven't composted anything for years. It's fine if you can do it, but if you have a disability it's not something you can do any more.

25 Sep, 2017

 

So plessed you feeling better Shirley and back with us I was wondering where you were I missed your last blog how I dont know love your insect box those grapes look great and the pretty pink Sedum last one gorgeous love the Clematis and go
rgous colour pinks . Termeric Apples Orange Water Melon Green tea beans Tomatoes all keep your arteries not to fur up keep off staurated and transit fats and salt for 30 years I cared for my mum who had heart attacks
. My sister has just had her operation blood was pumping into her heart but not pumping it out she to was exhausted she came for a walk with me last week after her operation but could nt do the distance just a walk around the park and back. Slow but easy like your now doing and bit by bit .Garlic in your cooking is very good to not the garlic pills x

25 Sep, 2017

 

Lincs, once the leaves have fallen off I shall put the Hostas in the cold greenhouse for Winter. Strange how yours turned yellow overnight too ... :o(

Hywel, glad you agree about the composting. The soil here is much better now, after years of adding compost and grit, the clay has broken up so it won't miss home made compost much!

Thanks 3d, we leave the grapes on the vine for the birds as they are far too sharp in taste, and full of seeds for us to eat! It's always very entertaining to watch the birds eating them ... :o)

26 Sep, 2017

 

You know, Shirley, the time has come for you to "stand and stare" occasionally, instead of finding something to do all the time in the garden.

No wonder you have that lovely Insect Hotel. Look at all the colourful bloom you still have in the garden. Let Nature help you recover your strength, and enjoy your garden.

26 Sep, 2017

 

Shirley, I did not know until now about your heart attack.
I am therefore very relieved to read that you are getting over it and not attempting to do too much. Your body will soon tell you when to stop.

Enjoy your lovely garden without spotting the next job to do, it will do you an awful lot of good.

Love the insect homes you have created.

26 Sep, 2017

 

What a great idea Shirley birds are facinating to watch pleased to hear they entertain you while resting..

26 Sep, 2017

 

Thanks Eirlys ... OH put up a bird box yesterday as the previous one was worn out ... just need the Bluetits to move in now ... :o)

Hi Chris ... thanks for commenting. Second week of cardiac rehab today ... trainers at the ready!

3d ... they certainly are a tonic. They splash around the bird baths ... unaware I am watching ... :o)

27 Sep, 2017

 

Thats wonderful Shirley you ll have them come through the winter as well having the bird bath.

27 Sep, 2017

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one giving up on making compost. I find it just such hard work. Its the turning mostly. But its also so hard to get it right in a plastic structure. Its always getting too dry and hardly ever gets warm enough. When it does get warm enough, it stinks! So I'm getting rid of my last compost this year. It will go on the borders and then the plastic bin will go to the dump. I'll be buying in all my compost from now on, its just one chore too many for me. Sorry Monty! ;)

I love Eirlys' comment about allowing nature to help with the healing process....very wise. If you can find a kind of meditation that you enjoy, that will also be a really positive thing. There are so many on line now to choose from. Headspace.com is very popular, and only takes 10 mins. a day. I don't use it, but because I am very tuned in to music, i find that meditations that use sound vibrations are best for me. Some people like the sounds of birds and streams etc. Its all depends. But cultivating an attitude of mindfulnes (which is simply focusing your attention on whatever is in front of you, and/or your own body sensations) is the key to a generally calmer and more satisfying life I think.

The fog is lifting here at last. No gardening in this wind..but I am about to do a bit of online research to get ideas for meditation corner! :) I think it will end up being very simple.

27 Sep, 2017

 

I have learned recently that Brandling Worms / Red Worms can be purchased from certain fishing tackle shops
as they are sold for bait to catch some kinds of fish.
If you get a compost bin, and put the Brandling Worms in they will do the work for you by chewing all the softer kinds of weeds (not the tough material) you can then shovel out the potting soil from the base. I used to cover my bin in the winter to keep them warm ! Great fun.
Mine died when I was ill during the heatwave and couldnt get out to put the gallon of water a week in. I did find an odd one at the other end of the garden, and carefully carried it down to the compost bin hoping it would thrive and multiply. Will try the fishing tackle shop a.s.a.p. as I miss them and want them back.

30 Sep, 2017

 

I have worms too! (the good composting ones, not the horrible parasites :D) I bought a load from a farmer on ebay and they are happily munching, growing and multiplying in my coolboxes, and I don't need to add water as liquid is produced by the process anyway - in fact I have had to drain it off a few times - if only I could manage to save the liquid as it is supposed to be something like baby bio and really good for plants. Proper wormeries have a tap to drain off the liquid but my coolboxes were the option for my limited budget.

I would have loved a hotbox and/or a proper wormcity as those both look super efficient and easy, but the prices are very offputting but if you are able to afford it, I reckon those would be great options with minimal effort. The hotbox I think it said you can have compost ready in just a couple of weeks! And you can put bones etc in it too.

The other one I looked into was a double barrel thing on a stand, that you turn and it has a paddle thing inside that breaks up any roots so they don't grow in there. You can fill up one side while you are taking from the other side. A reviewer said even her preschooler can turn the things so it can't be hard to do.

Anyway, I've ended up with the coolboxes as I thought they would be like the hotbox, but they don't get hot enough so then I decided to get the worms - I didn't start with the worms as I thought they would get cooked! :D

For me it's play around with ideas and see what works! :D

30 Sep, 2017

 

I had no idea what had happened to you, I don't very often look at the blogs. I am very sorry to hear about it; my sister had her second heart attack this year too, and she's now restricted regarding how much she can do at once, gets pretty tired, but she recently told me that adjusting to 'pacing yourself' is one of the most difficult things she's ever had to do. I dunno why she's telling me, I've had to 'pace myself' for the last five years because of a crumbling, arthritic spine, and I'm still infuriated by it now, when what I want to do is crack on and get things done. But, its something we have to learn I guess, irritating though it is.

At least in the garden, it gives you time to sit and stare, not something we generally do unless forced, so I hope you continue to improve, and good luck with the exercise regime, which I'm sure isn't much fun, specially the second time around! Take care...

30 Sep, 2017

 

Pamelaanne: I read an account regarding keeping garden worms. The man used an old bathtub which he incorporated into a wooden frame. He covered the lot with an old door. Underneath the plughole he placed a container and regularly checked on this. Said it was great for the plants.

2 Oct, 2017

 

Karen, my apologies for the late reply to your comment. I don't think meditation is for me, the most calming moments are when I am in the garden, even if it's just an hour each day. Today OH mowed the grass, I edged it and then pulled out some Calendulas that had become 'leggy', straight in the brown bin as not composting now. That's going to take some getting used to, all the fruit peelings and tea bags are going into the rubbish bin and, bizarrely, I feel guilty at not composting it all!

Bamboo, the word 'infuriating' is so apt for how I feel at times when the fatigue sets in! Yesterday I was due to have a chest MRI at a private hospital in Hove, booked via the NHS, and was actually ready, cannulated, gowned and on the scanner table when a voice came through to say some music would be played while they sorted a problem with the scanner. Needless to say, the engineers could not fix it and I was sent home. Very, very frustrating. Have to go through it all again next week .....

6 Oct, 2017

 

Oh for heaven's sake... it's the 'cannulated' bit that's most annoying, not comfortable that process... but these things happen, and another lesson to learn (for me anyway) is to be relaxed about these things. Which is a lesson I find just as hard as not being infuriated at having to 'pace myself'...

6 Oct, 2017

 

Really feel for you Shirley. Hope it all goes to plan next time.

6 Oct, 2017

 

Bamboo, my veins are never easy to find and the nurse tried both arms with no success, so he had to put the cannula in the back of my hand. Ouch!!!

Thanks Stera, same time next week so it's a case of eat and drink a little at 6.30am, then nowt but water prior to the procedure. I shall be glad when it's done ...

6 Oct, 2017

 

ooh, lovely bruise then... they'll have to use the other hand next week. My cannula ended up just above my wrist last time I needed one, the only place to get it in, and then only successfully on the right arm... two bruises on both arms. I dunno what happens to veins as we get older.... the only ones easily accessible end up in the hand, mostly..

6 Oct, 2017

 

PM on the way to you .....

7 Oct, 2017

 

Leave the composting to Monty, I suggest......he seems obsessed with the stuff in all its forms!! Last night on 'Gardeners' World,' John and I actually laughed at his procedures to sieve it as most ended up on the path!!!
All yours Monty!
xx

7 Oct, 2017

 

Oh Chris, I have just watched GW and smiled at the home made sieve for the compost. If only Monty had set it up further back .....

7 Oct, 2017

 

I wondered about that too, lol, chucking it didn't really work, did it (smile). Silly Monty.

9 Oct, 2017

 

If you put a bottomless compost bin direct on the soil you don't need to buy worms, they appear on their own.

9 Oct, 2017

 

Just read your blog, Glad to hear you're on the mend. Lol.
Ps. That's a drastic way to get a non-gardening husband to do some gardening.

29 Nov, 2017

 

It certainly wasn't deliberate Siris! He will help in the garden, under duress though, usually if there are things I just can't reach. It helps with him being 6' 3" ... :o)

29 Nov, 2017

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