Sunday, April 02, 2006

I’m back….

For the last few weeks I’ve had a bit of a blogging hiatus. I reckon most bloggers have one at one time or another. It’s a sort of mid life blogging crisis….. Inertia, the culture of the supine and several score of choccy bars conspired to knock me into a blogging-coma. Should I get the lap-top out and bang out a bit of a story - or should I watch Noel Edmonds on ‘Deal or No Deal’?….. I have to say, the irritating beardy with a pile of cash and a fantastic collection of classic cars has been winning out lately.

It was just so easy to embrace the culture of the sloth, the potato on the couch and the Homer Simpson of the idle - a fracture of the will to tap away, waxing on this and that….

I reckon it was the cold weather, the snow, the ice, the wind. It’s been a long winter – and I think it has just got me down a bit. Battleship grey looks better on battleships, not overhead in the sky. That should be coloured ‘sky blue sky’ – especially at this time of the year. Spring has definitely not yet sprung….

So today I decided to do something about it. Today I dug out my trusty dibber, a clutch of seed trays, a big bag of compost and 30 packets of seeds I’d bought in more optimistic times. Time for some action. I trudged through the Somme-like mud in our back garden and prised open the Greenhouse door. Whatever was alive when I put my precious non hardy plants in there last Autumn was now frazzed, every single one of them. Water might have helped. The only living thing in there was a huge queen wasp, hiding in between a couple of plantpots. Respect! I carefully took it outside and put it in a little old disused dog kennel, she could see out the rest of the cold weather in safety. it really was a fantastic animal - I know most people don't like them, but to me they deserve to be here along with everything else, don't they?

Back to the soil stuff..... Thrusting digits into damp, cold seeding compost, feeling the mankyness ooze out, and wondering in amazement at the ability of plants to grow in such cacky stuff seems to have done the trick. Nothing quite wakes you up as when you are trying to plant 15 million seeds each the size of a gnat’s gnob into jet black compost.

(That annoying toe rag, Noel Edmunds is now consigned to the 'off' switch)…


krip said...

I'm intrigued to learn how you defined the size of a gnats knob?
Deal or No Deal. Compelling isn't it. Aarrgghh...... Got to get out more:)

Laura said...

Oh, Alfie, you sound just like Krip getting everything ready just in case Spring finally springs into action.

As far as Deal or No Deal,I tend to watch it with the sound off. All that talking drives me nuts.

The Crafty Cruiser said...

I got a packet of cress seeds from Aldi for 28 p (all their seeds are 28p) and put a bit of potting compost in a used plastic strawberry container and sprinkled some seeds on the top. A few days later, there was a mass of very tasty cress (nice with a boiled egg chopped up in a cup.) Just thought I'd mention it. I think I'll blog it because I was amazed how quick it was.
I find that it's hard to get motivated about doing the garden but once you start, it's addictive.

Snafu said...

Welcome back Alfie!

Birdman, are you worried about Avian Flu!?! I would be...

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