Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Through the garden gate in January 2017

 Although January can be a desolate month in the garden and is the month when I spend the shortest time out in it, there are still some highlights to see, if you look close enough.

   The first snowdrop in flower was a welcome sight.

 I have planned to take images from the same point each month during the year so that I can clearly see the changes. The old dustbin in the right hand corner, doesn't look very attractive but I have been using it as a planting container. It is currently full of 'Seagull' daffodils a variety that I haven't grown before. The dustbin has been in our family since the 1960's so I was loath to part with it! Have you got any unusual plant containers in your garden?

Despite not being in the garden we have still attended a 'Potato Day' and bought some onion sets, potatoes and garlic bulbs. I learnt how to do apple pruning properly and  we attended the annual "Wassailing" celebrations at the local community orchard. We have also been buying seeds although it still seems a long way off until the weather will be warm enough to sow them!

I am always tempted to buy spring flowers at this time of year to brighten up inside. Have you seen anything to brighten your days this month?

It is always wonderful to see other gardens and watch their development during the year. If you want to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site. Those participating this month are :-

Wishing you best wishes for what is left of this week!
Sarah x

Sunday, 22 January 2017

January skies

You may have thought I had hibernated without managing a post last week, instead it has been the opposite with so much going on! 

January is such a good month to snuggle up indoors in the warm especially when it is grey and cold outside and think of those green spring days. Green has been very much in my mind lately as I'm organising a fortnight in the Spring to raise environmental awareness. With reports this week that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and the average westerners carbon emissions destroying 30 square meters of Arctic ice each year, Governments and all of us need to do more to reduce our carbon footprint.

Our home faces east and we always get an advanced warning if we will get a good sunrise. As I drew the blinds the other morning the orange glow tempted Tavi and I to forgo breakfast and head to Burton Bradstock for a walk along the beach.

It was cold but such a beautiful morning and we weren't the only ones to appreciate it.

I am definitely a morning person, are you better first thing in the morning or later in the day?

On other days despite some sunshine there has almost been a grey tinge to the view!

The NHS has been in the headlines over the last couple of weeks. Has anyone been watching The Hospital on BBC 2?  The way the NHS will deliver services in the future is out for public consultation. If you care about the services in your area I do urge you to have a look at the proposals and let them know what you think. Thank you so much for the best wishes for my husband he does now have a date in early February for his operation, we are counting the days and keeping our fingers crossed that it goes ahead.

Wishing you a good week, next time I promise I won't be on my soap box!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Plan by the tides and follow the sun.

The start of the year always offers the chance of improvements or doing new things. This year I have been encouraged in this, by two of the presents I received for Christmas. The first present was the book 'The Walkers Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs ' by Tristan Gooley. ( I had mentioned his book about  'How to Read Water'  back in November.) Both books have made me look at my surroundings in more detail and gain more understanding as I learn to read the signs.

Tristan suggests by looking at tracks either in the sand or mud you can identify the story behind them- the picture above shows someone walking a dog in both directions along the sand.

Or these imprints of a seagull.

These tracks however may be a bit more difficult to decipher!

That is unless of course you know the culprit and his habit of running around at speed in circles!

I tried to capture the marks left behind from the tide, Tavi was intent in helping to illustrate it too!

 Or on this beautiful morning as the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the beach was suddenly accompanied by a squeaky ball by you know who!

 I had to take my husband to the doctors for an early appointment this week. It was a beautiful frosty morning and returning to the Bay it was the first time I had noticed the beach covered in a thin layer of white. My poor husband has been waiting for a hernia operation since November. His discomfort and pain has increased since before Christmas to the extent that he is now unable to come on walks or drive the car. 

The other present was a tide clock, which informs us of the position of the tide and has been a useful indicator to identify which direction to go on our dog walks.

It has worked very well until yesterday afternoon when the tide was high and so we headed up the lane and across the fields for a walk instead. My loyal companion managed to find all the deposits of fox poo and came home looking a very brown and smelly dog! I think I would have been better of walking along the Esplanade instead!

I made huge changes in 2016 by giving up my job and finding many enjoyable ways of spending my time. This year I think I need to learn to say 'NO' and not take on anymore interesting projects or causes, no matter how passionate I may feel about them! My aim this year will be to be more organised.  Those words don't sound very inspiring or exciting so I  have taken the words from above and I shall aim to 'Plan by the tides and follow the sun'. Have you made any resolutions this year?

Thank you for visiting, until next time.
Sarah x


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