My Garden Has My Full Attention

I like to be in my garden - my own little pocket of nature - and to escape all the doom and gloom about Covid-19 and the bad news about the economy. Despite the rather chilly weather in the UK, I prefer to be out in the garden for at least seven or eight months of the year. I like to tend to my garden throughout the year - whether it's in full bloom with lush colours or in mid-winter. You can catch me with a trowel in my hand, or perhaps later on....a book, or even a glass of wine - relaxing in my chair.

I love watching the colours of my garden subtly change as the sun slowly sets and twilight turns imperceptibly into darkness. On the warmer nights, I like to remain outside after sunset - relying on the LED garden lights (in my dotage, I've actually become accustomed to buying things online - it gives me even more time to potter around in the garden rather than in shopping aisles!). The lights on my decking come in handy when I'm moving from indoors to outdoors and vice versa. However, sometimes I might even keep the lights off to enjoy the night's sky if it's cloudless.

Even when I'm indoors, I'm often thinking about the next day's gardening jobs. I check the weather reports to anticipate the best times to be doing the biggest tasks.

It's not just the creativity I love about tending a garden, but the exercise too. I actually have a manual lawnmower - it's powered by nothing more than my own muscle power. It's so much more satisfying when the grass is cut.

Overall, I see my property as garden first, house second - well, during spring and summer at least! Come the autumn, and I feel a sense of loss as I bed the garden down for the winter. Then again, the winter gives me ample time to make plans for the following spring...!

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