Last Saturday Mr Stoatie and I were planning on throwing the dogs in the back of the camper and heading off to Whitby for four days. Unfortunately when we saw the weather forecast on the Friday we had to think again. We were prepared to be cold, but the combination of snow and gale force winds wasn’t appealing. I was envisioning crisp bright days, cold but dry, not four days holed up with two damp, miserable dogs! To top it off there was a severe weather warning across the Pennines, so it really didn’t seem worth the effort. Luckily the campsite were very accommodating and moved our booking to the Spring Bank Holiday. As a consolation I got to go to our Alban Eiler ceremony after all 🙂
While the weather was really bad, I spent a few days catching up on the usual household chores. I managed to get to the bottom of the ironing basket for the first time in years and to tick off a few of the long stay items on the To Do List. When the wind dropped and the sun came out, I ventured into the garden for a bit of a tidy up. Raking oak leaves and pruning buddleia mostly, with a couple of hours spent turning over the worst of the beds and pulling out weeds. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a typical green fingered Druid and I’m ashamed to say I find it all a bit of a chore. The garden looks really terrible at the moment, the lawn is brown with desiccated moss and churned up with paw prints. I’ve popped up a photo of the daughter’s dog’s racetrack. I can’t believe she has managed to make that much of a dent in the wild garlic – it’s usually a thick carpet. If you look closely at the top photo you can see her in the background going full throttle.
I’m going to try to post pictures of the garden as the seasons turn this year as a bit of an incentive to keep up the momentum, let’s hope we have a bit of a summer. The beds normally fill up with perennials so it will start to look better soon if I can keep Jess off them!