Do hope you are having a great week out there :-)
At the beginning of this week Mr Wolf & I sat outside in the lukewarm spring sunshine and looked long and hard at the garden . . .
"Mr Wolf" I said . . . "the garden after the winter, is a MESS ! ! ! "
He nodded & agreed wholeheartedly with me.
"You know what Mr Wolf" I said - " my first groups start next week & just look at it ! ! " He nodded again & gave me that sideways look he always does . . .
"I think Mr Wolf, that it is just as well that I don't charge the groups to come here, because . . . they would most CERTAINLY - want their money back !!"
More nodding & sideways glancing from the fat fluffy. Then he gave me that squinty "what are you going to do about it" look . . .
And so we got off our chuffs & went a little bit crazy & had a bit of a "spring clean up" . . . to slightly rephrase that a tad - ONE of us went a little crazy while the other one supervised & made sure I didnt miss any bits . . .(which is a very important role I might add)
|Supervising from my blanket with my eyes closed . . . you missed some over there Mum ! !|
The garden got weeded (in some parts) & it was amazing what I uncovered under the umbrella of weeds - some lovely spring things coming back to life after the winter . . .
In this area, there were 2 Pot People perched on tree trunks, & after weeding the area around them . . . their baby appeared - he had been hiding under the weeds . . .
One of the groups phoned to say they would like to bring their afternoon tea & have on the deck area - Oh great I thought . . . I wasnt planning on cleaning that area just yet ! !
So I set to work & scrubbed & cleaned & de- cobwebbed (is that a word ???) . . .
|The candlelabra got scrubbed too|
The cushions got a wash & a freshen up & even the bunting got washed & ironed & hung up to blow in the spring breeze . . .
The welcome bunting had actually gone "missing" & was found up in the guttering rather wet & soggy- looking & unloved.
The window baskets got freshly planted with some potted colour -(impatiens/busy lizzies) - & Cedric - (my scarecrow) got a new (2nd hand) set of clothes from the Op Shop & a new scarf & hanky for his pocket . .
- quite a transformation (I should've taken a "before" photo) . . .
|Amazing what a fresh set of clothes can do for a tatty ol' chap isnt it??!!|
|The signs got a polish up|
To say I went like a "lunatic" would be an understatement, but I feel much happier (& less pressured) now that I have made some progress - of course, there are still loads of areas I havent touched yet but I will try & deter the groups from those areas, & as any true gardener will know, it is never ALL finished . . . there is always more to be done . . . (well in my garden this is definately the case)
|An area needing some attention - just hang up a sign, smile - & walk away ! ! (could actually do with several more of these signs for parts of the garden I might add ! !)|
Needless to say there has been no crafting getting done - although I did manage to dehydrate a fresh batch of oranges to make some more of my citrus potpourri next week - this was done rather late at night while the rest of the house was sleeping . . .
|All dried & ready for using . . . smells divine too . . .|
|LOVE the warty ones|
That about sums up my week folks but before I go I just wanted to share with you one of my absolute favourite things in the whole world . . . my cherry blossom tree . . . (prunus awanui)
|Standing at my kitchen sink looking to the right out the french doors . . . I never tire of this view|
I actually have some tuis living in the blossom trees - I wake up to their sounds & I try to really listen & appreciate them as I know they wont always be there - they are feasting on the berries in the trees & also mating (I think) - a customer told me they like me to talk to them but not to try to imitate their sounds (??!!!) - how she knew this I don't know - my camera is not modern enough for me to get a decent photo of them but I LOVE them & their sounds . . .
Hope your weekend is filled with only good things folks, thanks for stopping by & listening to my ramblings & joining me on a little tour of (the tidier bits) of my garden. May the sun keep shining for us all.
Julie (& Mr Wolf) XxXxXx
(a little footnote . . . the 1st garden group came this morning - they were running really late - looked in the cottage, didnt even LOOK at any of the garden - but gave me a lovely date loaf so all is forgiven)