Six on Saturday: 15 January 2022

Here we are again! There is more than a hint of sunlight coming through the window, and no sign of fog despite dire warnings on yesterday’s weather forecast. Like most participants of Six on Saturday, my garden was – and still is – in need of a good tidy up. But I’ve made a start and Nature is doing her bit too!

I spent an hour in the garden on Tueday morning, taking a break from studies to clear my head. It was time for the fuchsias in the raised beds to have a haircut! It’s times like these when I wish I had asked for three narrower beds instead of two as they are just slightly wider than I can comfortably reach from either side and I had to turn to the long-handled loppers to attack that centre fuchsia in the first photograph. When the weather warms up, I’ll move a couple of fuchsias from the front garden to fill the gap on the other bed.

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Six on Saturday: 27 November 2021

Which is worse – not knowing what the weather is going to throw at us over a twenty-four hour period, or knowing – and dreading – what is on the way? Friday was wet, very wet, hail, windy, with sunny spells: the prelude to Storm Arwen. As we moved from a Yellow to an Amber warning with a risk of flooding (not a problem for me) and power cuts (which usually are), then to a Red warning for wind, I spent yesterday filling flasks with hot water, baskets with logs, and buckets with coal (smokeless fuel) for the wood-burner. I like to be prepared!

Apologies that this week’s Six on Saturday (hosted by The Propagator) begins with storm damage and repairs. We could have done without it.

First, the Potting Shed. We lost one plastic sheet from the roof overnight. Luckily, at 6.15 this morning, I spotted it lying in the field so we were out in our dressing gowns scaling the wall to retrieve it. The other end was loose too, so preventative measures in the form of a couple of battens and several screws hopefully mean this roof will last until next year when it is due to be replaced.

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