Well, I will leave it to you on the other side of the pond to keep it going!
I am worn out. Darn gardening is harder work than horses.
Finished all the weeding, got the well (2 yr old) manure on the veggie garden - well one part of it, the other side I am going to fix some boards around the beds as they are on a slope and the soil falls all over the lower paths. The herbaceous bed is weeded and plants that have spread dug up - classed as weeds because they were growing where they shouldn't so that'll teach 'em.
I pruned back one old apple tree, I have a lot of that to do, wrong time of the year really but there are always so many apples that are small so would rather have fewer of the proper size.
I have ordered all the veggie seeds, seed trays are all ready for planting out not that all will go in yet.
Our next project is to re-polythene the Eden Project (The Eden Project is a very grad affair of enormous glass houses containing all sorts of exotic plants in Cornwall) My Eden project consists of eight tall stakes wrapped on the outside with polythene, inside with bubble wrap and a polythene roof. Done as a temporary housing for the plants a couple of years ago. Worked so well, better than the heated greenhouses where I lost a lot of plants whereas all survived in the Eden project.
Not such a nice day here today - thick mist all day, other side of the hill was bathed in sunshine.
Thank you Grace-my friend is still in the hospital-they just transferred him to another one-don't know if they'll be doing a surgery yet-still testing/deciding. But did go find him on facebook & found another long-lost friend in the bargain. So, it has been a productive day.
I also did a bunch of yard work-we have to clean up the mess that was left here by former owners,& we moved 5 bucket loads of "junk/w/the help of a friends' tractor that DH got running this W/E. I'll sleep good tonight!
Thanks, Country Woman. Teddy is the bay in front, in my avatar. He's great. Good going, With Grace. All the experience is great for you both. You can't win them all, but just enjoy the trip. All that experience, even if you don't place, will be good. You never lose, if you have fun!
Foxhunter, I am tired just reading your post about your gardening work today!
Everyone else, I log on here about once a week and keep up with the thread, but don't usually have much to add. It is spring break this week at my school so I am off work. Gardening was on my agenda for today, but didn't get it all finished. The drought last summer got the best of some shrubs in the front yard. They dropped all of their leaves and now they are coming back but they look awful. Have some others that survived the drought nicely so got more of those. Dug up the old ones this morning and will put the new ones in tomorrow. I go all organic so there are always weeds to dig up in the beds this time of year. Also have minor tree trimming (yes, a little too late!) both in front and back yards. I do enjoy yard work! I keep up with the basic necessary chores in the house, but hate it and always end up gravitating outside.
Here is a pic of my mare Nessie before I walked her up to the arena to ride today. Tried to fix the white eye but was a pic from my phone so not the best. The grass has been this green all winter long, or I should say, we didn't have a winter this year. I shudder to think of what kind of summer we may be in for after last year's 45 days >100F degrees and the drought. Today it was 80 degrees. Got my shedding blade out. Maybe you can see all the winter coat I got off her if you zoom in to the ground.
I really do like this thread!
The east coast of England is already suffering a drought. The area worse hit is one of the biggest arable areas.
There are great changes in the weather patterns. Winters in the UK have generally for the last 30 years have been wet. This year it has been remarkably mild and dry.
We have several springs that are piped, one, coming under the arena usually runs continuously but it is barely a trickle at the moment.
Thick mist at the moment, hope it burns off today!
This has been 'normal' several times during a winter but not this year.
This is unusual and enough of the white stuff on the ground to practically close the country down.
So pretty, Foxhunter. Outnabout, your mare looks like a sweetie.
I had a good time on Saturday. I take a lesson each week at a small stable in NJ. "My" horse is a Trakhaner/TB mare on the plus side of 25 but still a sweet & lovely wtc lesson horse. I arrived early enough to spend a productive 20 minutes with the shedding blade. I love spending time with her like that.
Dancer decided that she was done with cross ties a few months ago so I just took her from the paddock to her stall and threw her a flake. (BO says that since Dancer's an old lady and so sweet, we can give her a break and groom/tack in her stall). After a great lesson with lots of 20 metre circles, cantering and sweating for a furry horse, I brushed her out. When I got to her neck, she raised her head from flake #2 and closed her eyes to enjoy the massage.
Then we went outside and ambled around looking for humps of good spring grass. It was later afternoon and the light was pouring across the fields. There was a chilly wind, but it was warm on the sunny side of the buildings. She grabbed the good soft grass like she was starving. I know that Dancer felt good because when I turned her out again, she took a run at her current nemisis (challenging her at the bottom of the pack) and veered off to gallumph across the paddock.
I never want to leave that place. This spring they'll start their schooling shows and I'm going to ride Dancer for introductory level. I don't care that all of her other riders are under the age of 10!