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Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift
That is why it’s called
The Present!

So why did I type out this short poem – found in my Church Magazine – ? Well, because today I did get a gift – the sun! It was a case of making the most of the present while the weather was dry. Tomorrow, for this area anyway, is not likely to be a mystery as the forecast is for R**N. So what did I achieve in this unusual day given to me? I persuaded my husband to cut the grass, and he had time to get most of it done. I then tidied the edges, and was so pleased to see the garden looking so much better. I cut back a whole lot of hardy Geraniums and did some dead-heading too. I planted all the plants awaiting attention, even those I’d grown from seed. We shared a magical time, too. While we were grass cutting and edging, about a dozen Swifts came swooping and weaving around us. They took no notice of our presence or of Henry who always ‘helps’ in the garden! Now that was indeed a very special gift.

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I think today was a wonderful gift for you Spritz. Every day is a gift, and if we can do the things that we want to do in our garden then that is a bonus. I think we all find our gardens special places where we can be ourselves and enjoy the creation around us. I have to agree it''s wonderful when the birds come and carry on as if we are not there. After all it is their territory too. Lovely pics too.

15 Aug, 2008


You are right Spritzhenry, I live by the day, I do not think of tomorrow, today is just enough for me, as for yesterday, it was just that yesterday.

15 Aug, 2008


Thanks Spritz. Glad you had some sunshine. We wont mention the R*** word!

15 Aug, 2008


My trouble is that "tomorrow" becomes "today" and then "yesterday" too quickly, but I don't really care too much. Life always revolves in circles and returns to a recognisable point eventually, just like the so-called "gardening year". I'll catch up with things next week, or this time next year....what/when/wherever! lovely poem, pics and blog, Spritz.

16 Aug, 2008


I enjoyed reading this blog Sprtizhenry. The little verse is so true, and especially for me. Thank you.
Best wishes, Hywel.

16 Aug, 2008


Thankyou for sharing such a lovely poem, it is so true to word.

16 Aug, 2008


A lovely way to describe a Zen, Now moment

16 Aug, 2008


Thank you. That's a super poem and I'm going to copy it out into my diary.

Question. What tools do you use to cut your lawn edges?

20 Aug, 2008


Each time husband cuts the lawns, I cut round with long-handled shears. I also trim up with short-handled ones on the brick edged areas - a hands and knees job. Occasionally I use the half-moon cutter to re-make the edges. I've got a little battery-powered machine - but this is useless if the grass is damp! Why do you ask?

20 Aug, 2008


I'm slim and fit, but my lower back is rather weak, so I prefer to do jobs on hands and knees rather than standing up and bending slightly forward, as you would when holding long-handled shears.

That makes me sound rather disabled which I'm not, but bending forward when standing up is painful after a while!

So I end up cutting lawn edges with large scissors or small shears. I'd heard of those battery cutters and wondered if they were of any use.

In good weather, provided I have the time, I enjoy slowly cutting lawn edges, sitting down. I get to see what's going on in my borders at close range, and its surprising what I find, such as interesting seedlings.

However, I'm always on the look-out for better ideas of hand-held tools for cutting my lawn edges.

20 Aug, 2008


I've got a long handled re chargeable electric grass snipper. It works well on normal grass but doesn't cope in very long grass when very thick and lush.

20 Aug, 2008


The battery one is very good in dry conditions, I'd recommend it - but I've only used it once this year! Its head twists so it can cut clean edges on the horizontal and vertical edges, if you see what I mean! Yes, I agree, I pefer to snip away on my kneeling mat too. As you quite rightly say, you can spot seedlings - and weeds at the tiny stage! I aways have a trug next to me to clear up as I go, too.

20 Aug, 2008

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