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Bad gardening weekend.


What a bloomin terrible weekend it was for gardening.
It wasn’t the weather!
It wasn’t a lack of things to do!
It wasn’t a desire to do other things!
It was my 84 year old dad who had become very poorley on Sunday night.
I had spent Saturday shopping for plants and bits and bobs to make a new bog feature in my front garden if you recall.
Sunday morning appeared all sunny and bright, and a lovely day to get on with the task in hand. I donned my ‘bag lady’ gardening clothes, (i have three sets, all exactly the same, one for wearing, one washing, and one dry spare) I do wear other stuff but this is my main ‘gardening uniform’..
So there i was, ready and raring to go.
Firstly I started to dig a hole for the reservoir (a big plastic trug) for the pump, it took ages because of my solid clay, which fortunately wasnt rock hard but was slimy so i could get my spade in it but not my fork. It makes a really loud sucking noise like taking a first spoonfull of trifle but much louder, llol. I was on my hands and knees after about a foot, because you cant get the leverage if you stay stood up can you! The lawn was saturated and as a result so were my legs and feet!!
Anyway, hole dug, trug in, pump in, tested, and bricks piled round it for support at the top, chicken wire on top to support the tiles to support the feature, then the water in, works well! Next stage is to chose one pot out of the loads I bought in the sale to sit on top of the little plinth, gosh those pots are sooooo havy and after trying each one on top of the plinth I decided on one and it doesnt look too bad but its not perfectly level at the top due to it being hand cast.
So it worked nicely but the ground was a mess around it where I had been kneeling and messing around.
Next to do was lay the pond liner down (not for a pond but for a bog area) easy, laid it straight on the lawn, no digging out or anything, then i put large gravel at the top edge and progressed down the liner with general purpose compost and bark chippings. That is all laid out now but everything else………………well, its all strewn all over the garden. I carried about a ton of stone to put round the edge of the feature (the stone used to be a wall from my ex husbands girlfriends mothers house, confusing lol.) from round the back of my house to the front. Very tiring! I really must get my wheelbarrow tyre inflated !!
I had stopped for the night and was, as you can imagine, very muddy, very dirty, very tired, and I looked like I had survived a year in the trenches in world war one. My daughter popped round for a cuppa and to say hi. so i was sat there for half an hour with her, still filthy and still sat in the front garden. She went home, and I went into the house to have a shower and try to get back to looking human. Then the phone rang LYNNE, COME QUICKLY YOUR DAD IS POORLEY, this was my mum, panic in her voice and trying to be brave.
I rang my daughter and she came to get me in her car, I wont say how fast we went but it was fast and we covered 25 miles in 19 minutes and that included her collecting me from my house. But I digress (as usual) lol.
When we got there, i comforted my mum and dad, his temperature was raging and he was shaking all over as if in shock after a terrible accident or something like that. While I comforted them, Melody (my daughter) rang for the amublance. Two minutes (literally) later they arrived at the door. They had just been coming off the junction that is a couple of mins away from my mums. They did and ecg. blood count and pressure etc and could find no reason for my dad to be like this. How amazing is that. it wasn’t another heart atack. Thank goodness for that! He is now ok. I spent all day there yesterday and made him stay in bed. Today he is a little better again and we have no idea what caused him to be like this, I am just thankful that he is feeling better.
AND that is the story of why it was a rubbish gardening bank holiday for me.
I have taken photos of the stages I went through making the water feature, and I have also take pics of the tubs and plants I bought as you asked me to, so I will try and get these on tonight.
Lynne x

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Wow wizzbang. I hope your dad will be fine! That must have frightened you all. Anyway, the bog garden....yes I remember you were talking about that. Now, why did you have to line it? To keep it bogged when the rest of the soil dries out? I would have thought just digging a hole would have had water run in from the ground anyway. Please get that tire inflated, because you could do serious harm to your back! Are you still walking straight up, lol? I can't wait to see the pictures, send us one in your outfit too please so we can see what fashion you don in the garden, lol. I wear shorts and a T.

26 Aug, 2008


Hope he continues to improve, how frightening. Sounds like an infection of some sort! Everyone probably has a garden outfit like you, mine is long pants and long sleeved shirt cause of the mosquitoes!

26 Aug, 2008


For outdoor tasks my father always wore what my mother called his 'shed clothes'.

His attire was one extreme or the other - either his raggedy 'shed clothes', for working on his allotment, garden and car, or the complete opposite - looking so VERY smart in his suit (tuxedo) for going out dancing with my mother.

I really do hope your Dad feels totally fit again soon.

Once you are sure of that, then you can concentrate again on your garden projects and entertain us with a photo of your garden fashion-sense.

26 Aug, 2008


OK, I will if you will. Somebody start a blog about everybody sending a pic of them in their gardening outfit!
Lynne x

26 Aug, 2008


My first blog (written recently) has a sort of Wellie boot theme, and I'm collecting garden footwear pictures on my favourites home-page (take a look).

I haven't got my photography set up yet, but I bet someone will take you up on your offer !

I love the way you compared digging the wet clay to spooning out trifle. Very appropriate ! LOL

26 Aug, 2008


Thanks for sharing your weekend. I am sorry that you all had such a shock! I do hope that your father is OK. It does sound as if you got through an awful lot of hard work - very impressive! The fun bit is of course choosing what to plant, going on a shopping spree - and planting them! I hope it won't be too long before you can do that.

26 Aug, 2008


Hi Lynne, I'm sorry to hear about your dad's recent illness. It must be such a worry for you not knowing what caused it. I hope he'll be better soon.
Best wishes, Hywel.

26 Aug, 2008


Thanks everybody. My dad is a lot better today ..... Phew!
Thanks again xx
Lynne x

26 Aug, 2008


pleased to hear about your dad :-) you had a bit of a busy weekend i see. good idea about gardening outfits.
take care.

26 Aug, 2008


Sounds like you achieved a lot even if your weekend was disrupted by your family emergency. You got a lot done in one day and you still have the fun bits to do, planting etc.
I do hope your Dad continues to make good progress. It certainly sounds like he is bouncing back quickly.

26 Aug, 2008


Wow! What a time you've had! glad to hear your Dad is all better, though. I imagine he gave you all quite a scare.
I have been to see your pics of all the work you did and I can sympathize with all your aches and pains. I'm looking forward to pics of the completion; sounds like it will be spectacular!! I'll join the "pics-of-gardening-outfits" parade. Just keep me posted as to when and how.

27 Aug, 2008

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