I am not alone in feeling that September is the beginning of a new year, Charlotte agrees and so does Nancy. Holidays over and done with, a fresh new school term under way and a wonderful new season begun. So strongly do I feel a sense of new beginnings in September that I buy a new diary. This year I have bought a bigger, better version of my favourite Moleskine 18 month weekly planner. It has plenty of space to write appointments and whatnot and a lined page for my lists, menu plans and acoounting. The children have their new exercise books and I have my new diary.
The new school year has brought with it many new demands on my purse.
Fed up of being greeted with 'I need new football socks/a copy of The Odyssey/sketching pencils/a Spanish dictionary/a drum syllabus/ trainer socks/a rubber' each time they walked through the door I put a piece of paper on the fridge with 'Stuff We Need' written across the top. I took it shopping with me this morning and was relieved to see that they hadn't added 'an iphone/an xbox/ a Superdry coat' to it.
I have made a new year's resolution too. It is, to do the ironing every day. Every day. I don't know why I never worked this out before, but if you iron every day you never have to spend two hours on Sunday afternoon standing at the ironing board ironing shirts. I probably only iron about a third of all the laundry I do but it can quickly build up. Now, the most I have to iron at a time is five things, it's so liberating.
In my garden new plans are being developed and pondered. I have neglected my garden badly.
|My garden seen from my back door|
|Looking towards the house|
|A bed of weeds|
Although it is very small I find it quite overwhelming to contemplate how much needs doing in order for it to become the flower and fragrance filled sanctuary of my dreams.
I have, therefore, come to the realisation that I must not make big plans for my garden but little plans, tiny little plans. I will tackle one small area at a time.
This is the area I am going to begin with, between these two trees; a prunus serrula and a himalyan birch. It's only about four foot by two foot. I have in mind a woodland spot. The untidy, uninteresting shrubs will be removed, the raspberries will be removed, compost will be applied and bulbs will be planted. Lily of the valley and woodland bluebells. Possibly aconite and snowdrops too. Maybe something tall against the fence would be a good idea? There is ivy already but perhaps foxgloves would add to the woodland theme? I'm not a gardener, I will be consulting an expert (my mum).