Thank you to everyone for your best wishes on my two year blogging birthday – so nice to read all your lovely comments. The experience has certainly exceeded any expectations I might have had when I started out two years ago – not difficult, as my expectations were zilch, the blog having been started as a means of recording what was happening in the garden and perhaps as a vehicle for expressing myself in poetry every so often.
Like Topsy, it has grown since then and taken me on a wholly unexpected journey – not only have I been supported and encouraged in my gardening exploits and developed my knowledge and skills but in doing so have built up a number of on-line friendships which have already included meeting up with one blogger (thanks, Janet – and for the biscuits!) and also the receiving or exchanging of plants and seeds (thanks Anna, Sue, Louise and Janet). Integral to the blog has also been the sheer pleasure of writing, using words to their best advantage – including the poetry I had hoped for – and the taking of photographs, something I may try and improve on in the future.
Both the latter were essential to the original reasoning behind the blog, keeping a record of the garden, and this has undoubtedly been achieved, bringing with it the joys of observation, discovery and wonderment – and a renewed closeness to the earth and everything that comes from it, leaving me even more grounded than I was before I started my ramblings.
All this has come at a price though, and as Rambling in the Garden has become such an integral part of my life it has also taken up an increasing amount of time – not that I resent the time of course, but there are other things I would like to do which I haven’t made time for, particularly on the creative line. I have diligently posted every day, always having something to say (and hopefully worth saying), so perhaps I could reduce the number of posts – old habits die hard though – or keep them shorter, which I have tried to do in recent weeks. Reading and replying to comments are met with equal diligence, as are the reading and commenting on other blogs – bringing pleasure, knowledge and laughter, none of which I would like to stop. Regardless, Rambling in the Garden will continue apace!
The unusually early posting yesterday was the result of an equally early start travelling up to my Mum’s, in whose garden the above ‘lake’ is – despite installation of a land drain the lake arrives almost every time it rains (which tends to be frequently) but disappears fairly quickly in dryer spells, a product of a high water table and the rocky (slate) substrata. I suspect it has more than outstayed its not-even-lukewarm welcome this winter!