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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WOYWW #307

So another Wednesday, and another week flashes before our bewildered eyes! Honestly, where do they all go so fast? Time to link up at Auntie Julia's at The Stamping Ground,again, for our regular browse around the worlds desk/tables/floors of crafting delight/mayhem/madness.
 Total lack of desk picture this week, as the weather has been so gorgeous,I've been out doing a little light gardening.Thursday was spent replanting some planters at the front of the house. This 'before' pic though, does actually demonstrate what a very mild winter we had this year- geraniums still growing happily away, despite being outside all the time. They did get pulled out though and replaced,as they had gone very tatty and leggy.
 Quite a selection of Pansies/Violas/Lobelias to go in them. As well as some new geraniums and a few Fuschias.






All planted up a few hours later.














As well as adding a few new plants to the brick built bed. The plant that looks like a lot of dead sticks on the extreme left is a Rue- Its been there for about 8 years now, gets cut down like this every year, and comes back bigger every time.





Final job in the garden, which I did on Saturday,was a bit sad, as we wanted to place Ambrose's ashes in the back garden. He used to spend most of the summer sunning himself below the Yew tree, as it has a bank of soil in front of it, and gets full sun all day, as you can see.So that's where his final resting place had to be- lay in the sun all summer.
The wall is yet to be topped off, when we decide what we like- we have a long garden, about 150 foot of it, and Beloved Hubby is building a raised wall all down both sides, to give us low maintenance flower beds. No good having a ton of lawn to mow, when we both work full time, and have other hobbies too. So the path will be shale/gravel, and he's going to build some raised beds at the bottom as well to grow veg and salad stuff, and somewhere we can sit/have a barbecue. Back to the Yew tree, after we put Ambrose's ashes in the ground, I started planting herbs there- Thymes, Marjorams and Oregano's, all of which should thrive in the hot,dry poor soil! Adding stones as I find them around the garden, to recreate as far as possible how they like to grow in the wild. There is also a couple of Alpines which like the same conditions, and some Lemon Balm. That herb has the most amazingly lemony smelling leaves when crushed, they're gorgeous. It also grows quite happily if it has even the tiniest amount of soil anywhere near its roots! Seeds itself happily too- not too madly, just enough. So I have a few clumps around the garden- anyone going to the crop would like some, let me know in your comment, and I'll bring you some along.
 I had my fourth IV on Friday, all went well. I've updated my cancer page with how things are doing.Can't believe how much better I feel this week, after that infection & Hay Fever. Those planters I did out the front last week, after each one I had to have a sit down and rest. How ridiculous. Thats the sort of limiting thing driving me nuts. Last year I could have spent all day in the garden and not been tired. Now? A two foot planter can keel me over, lol. Anyhow, on Thursday I have my MRI, hopefully they will have an MDT meeting on Tuesday about it, and if things go as they have before, I'm hoping we'll be seeing the surgeon a week on Thursday, to find out how its gone. Fingers crossed this has done the job, really want to get this surgery done now. I'm bored with all this!



24 comments:

Helen said...

Glad you are feeling much better this round of treatment, and that you took it steady in the garden (even if that was enforced) Looking forward to seeing you at the crop, although I saw you were having to leave early for the wedding, lol! Helen 5

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

How lovely to see your garden. So glad to hear you are feeling much better too. Be kind to yourself x

Belinda Basson said...

Hello special lady. I think the beds look fabulous and dont be too hard on yourself about being knocked out after each planter. I am impressed that you are even having a go at it. I am not even sick and some days I just cant face my garden...it needs some love and attention. I hope this last IV has done what it has to and you can have the surgery. Holding thumbs for you on the other side of the world. #18

scrappystickyinkymess said...

So happy to hear you are a bit better. Surely sitting in a lovely garden will improve your mood if nothing else, and that is half the battle, isn't it? Hopefully you are still on track for the crop, however briefly? Shall we swap, or is that too much pressure over and above the official one? I'll be prepared on crop day, and we can take it from there....

feel more better :)

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (3)

Julia Dunnit said...

Perfect spot for Ambrose. You could take a lesson from him - he would be active and then rest, active and then rest...without being hard on himself! the planting all looks lovely and makes me feel slightly ashamed and panicky about being behind. Nothing new this year then!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love the spot you've chosen for Ambrose, beautiful and sunny...just perfect for a loved cat. You've done a great job with the pots at the front and the raised beds at the back..they'll make it so much easier to keep the garden looking great with minimum effort :-). Good job that man!
I'm so goad you're feeling better after the last treatment, got everything crossed that the meetings go ok with the various specialists. Keep smiling...here come the squishies.......
Hugs, LLJ 13 xx

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Your planters are going to be lovely once those plants mature a bit. I'm waiting another week before planting as it is scheduled to be cold again soon. Waiting on warmer temps for sure.
Glenda #33

MrsC.x said...

glad you are feeling better, learning to pace oneself is really hard but does really help.

the garden looks fab

thanks for sharing
happy woyww have a great week
Mrs. C.x #2
http://craftroomdiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/woyww-april-22nd-2015.html

Nannie4 said...

Always good to hear that you feel better. Great work in the gardens, Shaz. Love that sunshine that lights up your world. Still sending knee-mail for you and Shoshi. Nann4 #33

Nannie4 said...

Ooooops------# 37. The numbers always change on me, and I don't know why. LOL

jan spencer said...

Its always lovely to get out in the garden in the sun, spring is a lovely time, I miss the spring bulbs being in spain.
We have raised beds to grow veg, DH loves it but cant kneel at all so its ideal.
Jan S no 47

Angela Radford said...

Pleased to hear that you are feeling well enough to do some gardening. The weather has been lovely and we need to make the most of it. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 30

Lindart said...

So nice to work in a garden, back to mother nature, the feel of earth in your hands, and beautiful flowers to enjoy, Still waiting for the time when I can rejoin my garden, only a few more week until the garden centers open up! Take care, Lindart #51

Monica said...

lovely garden and happy t see you enjoying it. So you are slower, just a glimpse of how it is to age. Once the treatment is over you will rejuvenate!
Hugs
Monica #43

pearshapedcrafting said...

Gardening is supposed to be a leisure activity so count in some rest time! It's looking good! Fingers are being crossed! Chrisx 34

Shel C said...

The garden is looking lovely :) I really like how you added the rocks in with the herbs. Hope your meeting goes well and you can get on with the next step to surgery soon. DH finished his last chemo last Thursday..so we are on to the next step of eliostomy reversal we hope. Shel@PaperOctilloStudio #54

StampinCarol said...

Your garden is beautiful! Love all the flowers and herbs. And what a beautiful resting place for Ambrose! And glad you're feeling better. And prayers for a good doctor report!! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #45

CraftygasheadZo said...

Great to hear you are doing well. Your garden looks fabulous. Take care Zo xx 44

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Anne said...

Just popped by to see how you are doing ( not going in this week) I've done a bit of gardening but find it more difficult these days :-( Hopecyou get news you want - and soo ! Anne x

Ali H said...

Hi Shaz
I think your garden projects are looking brilliant ! Glad you are able to do them even if you have to take regular breathers !
Lovely thinking behind the locating of Ambrose's ashes.
I hope everything goes well with your treatments this week & will be thinking of you. Love ali #62

Laura said...

How lovely being out in the sunshine planting -- I'm glad you are having nice weather. We can't plant annuals outside here until June 1st, so that's still a ways off. Happy WOYWW from Laura #47

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Shaz , just finally linked up with WOYWW again and saw your post on my sidebar when scrolling down,...

So glad to hear you are able to garden a bit (and isn't it pretty well done to both of you!!) and praying hard all goes well and the next step of surgery...
It must be difficult,
Hugs and prayers,
Shaz.x

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