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!


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…


Well, I should probably explain why I haven’t posted here for a year. Shortly after my last post, we discovered that I was pregnant! so gardening went out the window on doctor’s orders. Then of course, we’ve had baby Maisey (born 8 lbs 10 ounces, now 9 weeks old and sleeping through the night bless her). But we are starting to get the garden back up to scratch, so I really hope to continue with this blog soon.

On a side note, we’ve planted a whole new batch of bare root strawberry plants this year and they have just started bearing their fruit. My hubbie and I had some this morning and they are absolutely delicious! God I love summertime!

So I admit it, laziness has once again come to riatown, and it’s brought its friend procrastination for a visit too. The drizzle, and the smell of a Pork joint roasting away nicely in the oven, has made it utterly impossible to think of gardening this evening.

I can almost here the hardcore amongst you screaming at me to pick up my shovel and stop being such a pansy.

What if I bought some pansies? Would that suffice?