Wow, that was over to months ago, my last posting. I did go to the UK, I spent a wonderful month visiting family and friends, catching up with folk and generally escaping the worst of the wet, cold weather here and waiting for the spring to commence so that I can get on with planting and more clearing work.
On my return I brought with me a ‘flu like no other I have ever experienced. It really knocked me for six. I spent the better part of two weeks in bed, mainly aseep and toe following ten days or so on a very slow recovery. I am pretty much fit and well now, happy that it was only ‘flu rather than anything more serious, but things like that certainly bring home the fact that we are not invincible and that change can arrive without warning in any manner of guises.
I am hugely grateful to my neighbour, Heather, who packed me off to bed in her big warm house and told me I was welcome to stay as long as necessary to get me back on my feet and well enough to resume my camping lifestyle. She’s let me be, not fussing or bothering overly, but giving me the space and time to recover under my own steam, insisting that I do less than I wanted to during the early days so as not to cause a downturn in progress yet making sure that all was well. It’s been a resounding success.
This last few days I have been up to strength, albeit with shorter days, and have tested my abilities by helping out around the garden here, doing a bit of pruning and planting twelve fruit trees in the orchard area of Heather’s garden. All has faired well and now I am back on my land attacking knee high weeds in th vegetable garden and planning what to sow first, where and how.
Do I go for direct planting in my heavy soil, probably with a bit of soil improvement, or into pots first, with the extra challenge of transplanting and watering issues later on in the season. I’ll probably do a mixture of both, just to be sure. The sun is shining again and the soil surface is dry enough to produce a fine tilth. Better get on with it now before it hardens to rock or becomes a soggy mess again if it rains.