Plotting some pleasure

22 May 2020
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I’ve had a lovely couple of days, pottering about in the garden, doing this and that, tidying up and weeding, of course. Trying to mend things and make things and just being generally happily grubby. And I thank whatever saints or fates or fortunes decreed that I’d be blessed with this little space of my own to play in.

I have spent a lot of today plotting some pleasure for next Spring. All the bulbs I grew in pots and troughs and planters have died off now and so, because I want those pots for my summer plants, they’ve all been tipped out, cleaned up and put into trays to finish drying off.

So, with half my mind I’ve been planning potting up the lovely fresh lettuces and tomatoes and peppers, runner beans and maybe even cucumbers, that I’m hoping to enjoy this summer, fingers crossed.

With the other half of my mind I’ve been visualising how I’ll replant the bulbs this Autumn, perhaps with some new purchases to fill gaps in colour, type or time. I’ve been daydreaming about how I’ll enjoy the glorious miracle that Spring bulbs are in those short days of February and March and April, when the sun’s light is low and a chilly bright day is as invigorating as a lick of a lemon sorbet.

So, for today, I’m not trapped in lockdown, in uncertainty or anxiety or resentment at the curtailment of my freedom. For today I’ve been in the future. I’ve been in a new year, dazzled by the glory of my Spring bulbs, with that low sun so bright in my eyes that I’m blinded by beauty.

Patricia

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Dido

May 23, 2020, 3:34 a.m.

Ah thank you Patricia, just what I needed , a timely reminder for gratitude! I scored really low today, in the mid 20's. Now I hear from you, who like me, is fortunate to have a patch to dream and scheme in. I have been out and inspected mine hardly noticing or appreciating the changes and beauty, I shall go again with my eyes open and see things more clearly. Thank you x Dido

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Molly

May 23, 2020, 4:03 p.m.

Hi Dido, even though you are low you always seem to try and look on the bright side, which is so admirable xx

Rosie

May 23, 2020, 5:45 a.m.

A very lovely positive looking blog Patricia. I planted my bulbs very late this year and they have only just gone over but it has been lovely to have them. Your blog has encouraged me to see a future so I am really grateful for that . Thankyou. I wish good day for everyone.x

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Hopeful One

May 23, 2020, 5:49 a.m.

Hi Patricia- Thank you for your blog. As it happened i was looking at MSN news and saw this headline "The Psychological Benefits Of Having Things To Look Forward To" and realised it was so relevant to what you have to say in your blog. The article is mainly quotes from different psychologists Mainly from the USA and they make the point that we all need something to look forward too. While living in the moment is a helpful tool anticipating something in the future gives us motivation interest an excitement lifting our minds to another plane. One will need to see today's MSN for all the details. Laughter of course will lift us whether we ate thinking of the past ,present or the future. This is a genuine story reported by fellow doctors. During a patient's two week follow-up appointment, he told me that he was having trouble with one of his medications.. 'Which one ?'. . .. I asked. 'The patch; the Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I'm running out of places to put it!' I had him quickly undressed and discovered what I hoped I wouldn't see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body! Now, the instructions includes removal of the old patch before applying a new one. Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk General

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Hopeful One

May 23, 2020, 5:51 a.m.

You will need to correct the typos(some funny) as you read along!

Liz

May 23, 2020, 6:44 a.m.

Hi Patricia, I was immersed in the joy of your blog. Such a lovely read. Thank you for sharing x

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Valerie

May 23, 2020, 7:37 a.m.

Morning Patricia, I have heard it said that gardeners are the luckiest people,always having something to look forward to.I would love to have green fingers.My garden at the front gets many compliments. but I don't think I can take much credit,the Irish song "40 Shades of Green" sums it up,lots of shrubs planted randomly over the years that somehow look really good together. The trouble that many people in my town take over their gardens is such an unselfish life-enhancing thing,making every walk a pleasure at this time of year. TGT's neighbours are lucky to have her,I recall photos of some beautiful displays she created,better than a trip to an art gallery. It was lovely to read of how you are healed when working with your plants.xx

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The Gardener

May 23, 2020, 9:35 a.m.

Thanks Valerie - those times were great - planning and maintenance was mind-bending, plants in containers, seen by 1,000's of people, which had to look good the whole summer.

Patricia E

May 23, 2020, 8:14 a.m.

Hello all. Many thanks for your lovely positive feedback. I'm glad if this has lifted some spirits. It's very stormy where I am and my broadband is dropping in and out (all overhead cabling here), so I may not be able to respond as soon as I would like. Off to gather up random items ricocheting around the garden now! Px

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Sue

May 23, 2020, 8:58 a.m.

Thank you for your upbeat blog Patricia. Yes gardens can be a real blessing. Over the lockdown we have cleared a large patch of ivy and weeds to reveal a bank of rocks and soil under some trees. There is still more work to do but it is good to imagine what we can plant there after years of neglect (by us!).

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The Gardener

May 23, 2020, 9:41 a.m.

I have found that 'attacking' ivy and brambles after all my trees blew down is great for the 'angst' which builds up, Nearly as good as throwing hated china at a wall. A bank of rocks and soil can be a haven for planting, wide scope.

The Gardener

May 23, 2020, 9:38 a.m.

Patricia, we who can garden are much 'blessed'. For many this time of 'imprisonment' and probably much loneliness and depression must be grim without somewhere to sit and look at flowers, however small your 'patch'. I cannot garden for the future, my garden belongs to the town, rented to the church, total chaos - I garden it for them, but cannot afford to do anything long-term. Looks super regardless, but I am forbidden to share it with anybody, a very 'selfish' garden, but I am so relieved to have it.

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Molly

May 23, 2020, 3:55 p.m.

Hi Patricia A lovely hobby to have, very satisfying and therapeutic I would imagine. I’m not a gardener but wish I was. I don’t like the creepy crawlies! My husband made mine look lovely when he moved in but he can’t do that anymore. My mum in the past has kept it tidy for us but she’s struggling a bit too now. I like it being a bit wild so it’s really just the weeds to keep on top of and watering! However, I am like others, so grateful to have it. We don’t use it as much as we could but it’s there for a wander out and I keep the back door open in the summer, which gives us a bit of exposure to fresh air! I think it’s a bit of comfort for my neighbour too as she has her back door open all year round!! And she’s 88! Thanks for the blog Patricia xx

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Patricia E

May 23, 2020, 9:04 p.m.

Hi Molly. Just wrote a long response to you, the power failed again - for about the twentieth time today - and it was lost. Grrrrrrrrr. I bet your neighbour loves the connectedness of your two back doors open together.

Molly

May 23, 2020, 10:58 p.m.

Such a pain when that happens! Sorry you have had trouble with the internet. I have too (Just a little) and it’s soooo frustrating. Yes our doors are opposite and it’s a good way to keep an eye on her, as I can hear her talking to her cats and see the smoke when she burns something lol :-) but seriously it is a way to be connected just to know someone is there over the wall and she likes my holly bush that is over growing into her garden and her ivy is welcome to grow over mine !!

Lex

May 23, 2020, 4:50 p.m.

"Happily grubby," did it for me, Patricia! xx

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Patricia E

May 23, 2020, 8:41 p.m.

Thanks Lex. It's just such a lovely state to be in. Scruffy clothes, dirty hands and probably a muddy smear across the face. Me in my natural plumage!

Mary Wednesday

May 23, 2020, 5:04 p.m.

Lick of lemon sorbet.... Oh Patricia, I do admire good writing and yours is beautiful. That line just rang crystal and vibrated on my tongue.

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Patricia E

May 23, 2020, 8:43 p.m.

Goodness. Thank you very much. I liked that line too.

Lexi

May 23, 2020, 5:04 p.m.

Beautiful blog Patricia! Your writing is lovely and I felt like I was there in your garden. I am not a gardener. I love gardens but everything I plant seems to go sideways. I keep trying though! xo

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Patricia E

May 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.

One of the things I like most about gardens is that they don't generally hold grudges X and every once in a while the birds or the wind will create something just perfect especially for you.

Patricia E

May 23, 2020, 9:11 p.m.

Thanks for all your feedback. Sorry I haven't been able to respond as I might have otherwise, but it's been a rotten day here. Power and broadband cutting in and out all day, lots of mess to clear up outside. So I'm taking my grumpiness to bed now and hoping that it will be a calmer day tomorrow. xx

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