Tuesday, 3 January 2012


 I've been on holiday for the past week and a half and I've been LOVING IT. The weather hasn't been very summery and the aftershocks have been rolling through the night, but despite that I've managed to take it easy and relax as much as possible. A go-away holiday is great fun, but best of all I like to stay at home and enjoy my house and my garden.

I barely made a dint in my to-do list, but I've:

:: dug up ground for a new flower garden
:: dragged the wooden sleeper edging from the old garden, 
and used it to create a bench seat in the sun
:: planted out the new bit of garden
:: cleared and planted the front garden
:: worked in the potager
:: visited the garden centre
:: spent time with friends and family
:: helped a friend set up a new garden
:: read books and magazines
:: watched episodes of my favourite tv shows
:: worked on crochet and embroidery
:: tidied the house, in a leisurely way
:: arranged vignettes on windowsills
:: sat in the sun
:: sat in the shade
:: hugged my cat

I wish I could stay on holiday forever, but it's back to the grind tomorrow. How are you enjoying your summer/winter break?


  1. I like your photos - really lovely! It sounds like you got quite a bit done on your time off.
    I am retired, so I can do as much or as little as I like each day! I'm reading, doing crossword puzzles, visiting friends and family, walking for exercise, photographing everything in sight, gardening, and indulging in my favorite hobby..... healthy eating! Plus, we have a dog and two cats to keep us entertained!
    Best wishes for the New Year!
    Mississippi, USA

  2. Lea - I can't wait to be retired so I can do all those things! I've still got 30 or so years to go though. But I'm counting down!

  3. You have had a very productive break, Ruth. My goodness, how big your "to-do list" must be if you have made "only a dint" with that list of accomplishments? I counted a solid 7 gardening tasks!

    My three favorite tasks on your list honoring the Season were, "spent time with friends and family", "helped a friend set up a new garden" and "hugged my cat".

    My very best wishes for joyful gardening in 2012 and beyond!

  4. Debra - it's a massive list! Probably because I spend more time thinking about things than doing them! But I like to make the most of summer weather and get things done outside.

  5. Dear Ruth, Wow! That was a very productive holiday! I'm retired and and it takes me a a season to accomplish that much. Wishing you a wonderful 2012. P. x



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