I must admit that I have been simply itching to get back to blogging since Spring decided to creep around the corner, but have to make an apology for my lateness. Things have just been going nuts around the Ark lately, with little one’s first birthday quickly approaching and hen’s getting broody, I’m rushed off my feet!

But fear not! The blog is still underway and will (hopefully) see a flurry of new activity in the next few weeks – thanks to everyone for leaving me such lovely comments and making me want to come back – I can’t wait to take a look around and see how all your gardens are doing!

When you’re not gardening.

Well, I haven’t done anything really, since my last post here, short of finishing the Tyre Garden at the bottom of the garden. The back garden is looking pretty sorry for itself as Winter rolls in, and although I know it’s possible to get a splash of winter colour in with some work, it’s a project that I simply haven’t got the time or inclination for at the moment.

I am, as some people might call me, more of a seasonal gardener right now. When winter comes, I much prefer the thought of curling up indoors with a good book and a cup of coffee than slogging it away out back. But there are just one or two more jobs I’d like to get done before I hang up my tools till Spring.


I will attempt to answer that question very simply: A lot.

I am starting to recover from my bout of sickness now, and so I had the itch to get outside today, even though it was ridiculously cold (typically, I’ve been ill through the best of the weather of late. Glorious Sunshine plus Sick Ria equals Sad Face.)


Okay, I admit it, I’m just feeling too ill, crappy and lazy to do any real gardening today. So I settled for some poultry therapy instead. I was reminded of a post that I read on Mark’s Vegetable Garden this morning, about his ‘little helpers’ in the compost bin. Well, my not-so-little helpers at the moment are my chickens.


So my special offer from Thompson & Morgan arrived in the post yesterday, all neatly packed in little boxes and well labelled. I must admit that I have so little space prepared for them, I wonder what I’m going to do. I had considered finishing our ‘tyre garden’ at the bottom of the orchard and using them to plant the bulbs in, along with a lot of daffodils for some lovely colour in Springtime. We’ll see if the lurgy stays with me today, but if I feel better later on I may go investigate and update you all. Until then, beechams and chicken soup!


I had no idea what to do at work this morning, so I settled for this little piece of self-indulgence, as I was invited by Island Threads.

The rules of the game are:

1) Inform who invited you
2) List 10 things you like to do
3) Invite another 10 bloggers to do the same.

It’s a worldwide sharing frenzy! Okay, here goes…