We visited dear Arnold, gave him some time, some attention, a couple of treats. The treat is all ours, he gives so much love back to us - and to Toby. The first time we took Toby along he was fine, until Arnold bent his neck over the fence and 'said Hello' - he nearly wet himself!
Now that he is used to Arnold - and Arnold is huge, compared to Toby, he responded in kind and greeted Arnold back. A small moment. A simple thing. A magical moment for George and I as two of our favourite critters communicated. I was too busy enjoying the moment to photograph it, sorry.
George has already planted lots of seeds and has them dotted around the greenhouse and the conservatory. The seedlings are thriving, but need careful attention for a few more weeks yet.
I have been busy digging the first of the many vegetable beds, it is wonderful to see how much the soil has improved. George 's first batch of home-made compost was put to good use this week - to say that I was impressed is putting it mildly. It looks wonderful - just like the kind you buy, only even better because it was made from garden and kitchen waste.
The Spring flowers are starting to appear everywhere, even peeping out from large stones.
Beautiful colours, lovely forms.We need to continue collecting the fallen branches from the wood, chopping, sawing, storing and drying the wood for the coming years. We also need to get to work and prepare the site for the polytunnel. We have decided where to place it, now the ground has to be cleared and prepared, part of a blackthorn hedge must be removed and the base constructed.
We have cleared the space to construct two more raised vegetable beds, now we need time to do the construction, etc.
I need another soothing turn around the gardens!