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Day 6 – Revitalised

Daffodil

I din’t have the heart to pull up this daffodil

The garden is my haven. I spent a good part of the day out there away from the news and troubling thoughts. It’s been great therapy.

Last year I planted the left hand bed with a variety of native wild flowers to provide for the birds and other wildlife all year round. Today, sadly, I have dug it up to plant a variety of vegetables to feed us.

The birds and insects won’t go hungry. I plan on setting aside part of the lawn and another border where it can go wild. I’ll get a couple of new bird feeders too. Everything will have to be mail order as we’re still self-isolating and for me at least, it could be the long haul.

So today has been about preparation and planning. One bed is clear and tomorrow I will clean the greenhouse ready for new planting. I’m looking at doing peas, lettuce and beetroot along with some rhubarb. I’d like some horseradish, but I’m not sure where I’ll get that as you can’t grow it from seed.

It has been a glorious day as far as the weather is concerned. Blue skies and brilliant sunshine. But the soil is very cold and my poor fingers were numb.

It’s a good time to clear though as the newly sprouting sycamore seeds have not developed a strong root yet.

One odd little thing. I mentioned a couple of days ago how the traffic seems much lighter on the main road outside. Yesterday was quieter still and today has been even quieter! (Apart from the ambulances – see video below). So I don’t know if that has had an impact on the air quality. While I was working in the garden the Air Ambulance helicopter flew over. I could smell the exhaust fumes. I’ve never smelt it before.

Stay safe and do let me know if you have any suggestions for other veg I should consider having a go at.

I’ve done a video of today to introduce you the the garden.

 

Day 3 – Tea times

I actually had this day booked off as leave, so no home working today, but still waking up at the same time. I’m trying to keep to my usual routine as best I can, keeping elements of the day as normal as possible.

07.22 Breakfast tea

Although it’s not breakfast tea, it’s PG Tips. It washes down my toasted Hot Cross bun rather well. I find that anything that has some form of spice in it is perfectly matched by a cup of tea.

On advice I read somewhere, I’m trying to stick to just three news sources. The idea is that you can get a better sense of what is happening and not feel swamped by all sorts of differing opinion.

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Late Night Norwich

The Sunday of a Bank Holiday Weekend can often be a bit of a ‘don’t know what to do’ day. But for weeks now I’ve been looking forward to seeing Mad Max: Fury Road in black and white – or chrome as they’ve been marketing it.

I wasn’t disappointed in the film at all. It still had all the octane thrills, although there were a few places where the b&w didn’t quite work as well – the first approach to the storm was almost lost in the greyness.

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