Making Progress


Flower in garden

I’m acutely aware that I haven’t been as obviously present on the blog as I would have liked to have been recently. I have been fairly active on social media though, and if you follow me you’ll know that I’ve also been making progress with our garden, with two tonnes of topsoil delivered this weekend and raked into place ready for grass seed to be sown in a couple of days’ time. It’s been refreshing and rewarding to sit back and watch the garden change over the past few months, not knowing what will grow as when we moved in last August, it was long past the snowdrop and daffodil season. I’m confident that we’re getting a really good ‘feel’ of our outdoor space now, and accommodating the direct sunlight and soil type into our planning for the changes that we will be making this year.

Two large bags of top soilThe pallets that the bags of soil were delivered on will be perfect for our bug hotels that we’re making this Easter!

I’ve also been making good use of the black and white filter on Instagram stories as I have been struggling with ill health recently (the raking definitely didn’t help, oops) which always slows me down. It also makes me appreciate the moments when I feel ok, however, and although I probably push myself too much at times, I feel a particular determination to make the most of the energy that I have. My husband very kindly made a 200 mile round trip to London on Saturday to pick up an automatic car for me which I hope will alleviate some of the joint pain that I have been experiencing. It feels strange to drive at the moment but I am enjoying it!

Behind the scenes I’ve been keeping up momentum with the development of the new name of the blog and the refreshed site too. The migration is nothing to do with me, if I was in charge of that it would still be going at the end of the year and I’d have come up with some elaborate manual process that made no sense to anyone except me. The design in terms of layout, colour scheme, menus and so on are all mine though, scribbled in fairly artless fashion onto a piece of lined a4 paper several times over until I was happy and presented it to my husband to create on the screen for me (he’s the best, this has gone way beyond my basic knowledge of HTML). Whilst I have the ability to be very patient at times, I am itching to share it with you all and so this will be my top priority over the coming week which means that I may seem quiet again online.

Writing deskMy writing space.

I have learnt a great deal about blogging (and made a few errors along the way) since this site went live at the end of January, in particular that there is always something new to learn, and that whilst it is a steep learning curve it is a very fun one to be on! My technical skills definitely need improvement though, and to take some of the pressure off my husband I will be looking at some courses over the summer to work on these.

Another thing that I have been thoroughly enjoying is reading through other blog posts. I try to join some of the linky parties that go on when I can, but even when I can’t I have been popping on and reading and commenting on other posts. There is such a fabulous blogging community out there and it’s great to connect with others. It’s lovely to read posts covering a range of topics and from a variety of perspectives too.

So, without further ado, I’m off to spend the week deciding which specific shade of blue works on screen. Whatever you are up to, I hope that you all have a lovely week and that the sun continues to shine (hasn’t it been fabulous?!).

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