It is often easy to forget the progress you make with a garden. You are not alone in this, here on Pig Row, I am in the midst of laying a kitchen floor, designing a new cupboard for the kitchen and moving totally in the orbit of the kitchen. I dream of slate tiles, built in cupboards and Welsh Dressers. We found one today in a second hand charity shop, Emmaus, which had already been reserved and we were crestfallen and than the nice chap at the till said we could reserve it in the event that the first people who wanted it never came back. We would know at the end of the day whether we could have it. At the end of the day, all three of us, including a sleepy Little D who had survived the rat run of Ikea that afternoon, descended on Emmaus and there it was, the arts and crafts Welsh Dresser, unpaid for and now ours. We paid promptly, and though we have a small budget we are glad that our money can go to helping someone else more in need. Do check out the wonderful work Emmaus does.
Some people may think I am sad wittering on about Welsh Dressers but at least I am not going on about the Armoire we found that made my wife screech. You have not lived until you've seen a grown woman hug a stationary wardrobe. Yet, when you have a vision, and a tight budget (thanks to Drovers still being on the market), anything that karma sends your way, you grab. So, back to the garden. The photo here is Pig Row at the start, two years ago, overgrown, overshadowed by Ash trees and Laurel (I wrote several articles on Laurels for Cottage Garden Society, I hate them because I spend twelve months digging them out). The black plastic you can see is my first attempt to clear a patch of ground with a no dig option, foolishly I hadn't taken into account thirty years of matted grass. Gardeners learn from their mistakes and digging commenced that summer with much swearing, sweating and singing. Below is the same patch early this summer. What a difference two years make. It also shows that keeping a photographic record of your garden, no matter how big or small it is, is really important to keep gardeners smiling in winter.
Labels: Armoire, Arts and Crafts, Cottage Garden Society, Emmaus, growing, hard work, home, in the garden, Keep a photographic record, sweating