Saturday, 19 March 2016

Season of Changes

March and April are always a time for change. As the new season comes in, I'm wanting to get on and make changes to the garden, the house, the decor, to whatever I'm doing. So it's been a frustrating week for me as I finally succumbed to the many germs that have been around for the last few months, and so spent much of my time stuck indoors snuggled under blankets on the sofa or curled up in the chair, dozing and reading. 

No energy or will to plan or put into action any of the improvements on my list.
And I missed the Country Living Spring Fair sadly, and had really been looking forward to that.

The only upside to that was being able to progress my cross stitch sampler, after a few days of not wanting to do anything other than sleep, and to finish off one or two projects that had been hanging around.

I added a spring bunny amongst some grass........

..........and another bunny with some tulips

I stitched away at filling in half of the house.........

and finished the first stylised tree (house and tree both inspired by 19th century samplers)

I also crocheted the second little flower for the pink crochet baby slippers I made a few weeks back.

Despite a gardening free week, the garden carries on quite happily without me. The camellia is in full bloom now, but the odd morning frost has caused many blooms to go brown.

The rosemary is flowering, sweet little blue flowers.

This time last year I bought a few new spring plants and summer perennials including a tray of lupins. The muscari and daffodils are all doing well but sadly I lost most of the lupins to the rabbits before they could get established, despite my rigging up a twiggy defence.

Also this time last year we still had black paintwork which I was glad to see is now white and makes the house look much lighter and more contemporary.

We also had a new picket fence put in along the front between the driveways this time of year, a couple of years ago now.

And last year it was this corner of the back garden that got revamped with my new raised vegetable beds.

This years spring improvements include more fencing to the side of the property and hopefully the removal of an old concrete bin shelter at the back, and in its place a new terrace to join up with the existing terrace. 

Also I have a new border to plant up where we had new fencing erected to the side of the front garden in the autumn last year. Apart from a couple of established azaleas, a small hawthorn tree, and a couple of newish roses, the rest is a blank canvas. I need to get my gardening books out, make a plan and visit the nursery!

So lots of plans in the garden. All I need now is the energy to get things moving!

Do you have changes planned for your garden or home this year? 
Do you find it a time when you want to make lots of changes too?

Thanks for your comments on my last post, and for taking the time to visit me here, I do appreciate it and love to read your comments!


  1. You certainly have lots of plans, it is the time of year when the garden seems to bring about changes naturally. We certainly have lots of plans just waiting for some decent weather to implement them. Love the baby slippers.

  2. So sorry you were sick, but I guess it's just that time of year! Hopefully you will soon have the energy to tackle all of your garden plans. I have been planning too. But I'm afraid it might be more than I can take care of. Too many flowers, not enough energy!

  3. Sorry to hear you have been unwell Gill. Such a shame you missed the fair too. I know how much you were looking forward to it.

    Your stitching looks beautiful. Your new raised vegetable beds look great. Looking forward to see what you will sow the coming weeks.

    Take care!

    Madelief x

  4. I know that feeling of being ill and without energie hang around for days and days....... And now ith my broken toe i cannot do anything and the garden is calling me.there is so much work todo..... Tke good care go to bed early and drink citron....

  5. Sorry you were unwell and had to miss the Show...what a shame! Your raised beds will be so nice to grow your veggies in...they look so nicely made. And your cross stitch sampler is looking beautiful.
    Hope you are feeling much better now and wishing you a Happy Easter!
    Helen xox

  6. I know exactly what you mean, I always get the urge to sort and rearrange things in the spring, and I'm desperate to get out in the garden as soon as the weather improves! I'm sorry you've been so unwell - I hope you feel better soon. x


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