I have been dreadfully preoccupied lately, mostly in the garden, dealing with things. I feel like the little boy sticking his fingers in the dyke, plugging new leaks. Although it is often not stopping leaks but creating them as I have been watering the garden based on which bed needs it most, gets it first. The same goes for the weeding.
I really need to get my act together and start using the system I put together last year that seems to work well. I divided my garden into four sections and started out by watering the second one and weeding the first. The theory being, having been watered the previous day would make the weeds come out easier. Then over the week I should have dealt with the whole garden and have three days up my sleeve for parts of the garden that need extra attention or when gardening isn’t possible – because let’s be honest, life gets in the way sometimes!
But the recent tummy bug has thrown me and I seem to drift aimlessly through the garden, when I get a chance to be in the garden. The rest of the time I’m tackling all the ordinary chores that have mounted up. I also feel like I have lost my writing mojo – not that I have forgotten how or anything, but I just don’t seem to have anything in me to make it happen – so I’m going to force it! It’s like riding a bike. Once I dust off the pedals, I shall remember the joy that is found with the wind in my hair and the feel of the keys bouncing away under my fingertips.
Summer starts on Sunday and so I shall commit myself to writing every day for most of December so I can recapture some of the love. Although I will stop short of Christmas as even a gardener needs a holiday – however a holiday period in the middle of the growing season is just madness… maybe I should start a petition on change.org to move Christmas to late autumn. That would be much more suitable for me and my fellow southern hemisphere gardeners.
In the meantime I have been a little bit remiss. Some really lovely fellow bloggers have awarded me some great blogging awards and I haven’t so much as thanked them, let alone done anything about it. So if it was you I shall be around at your place thanking you personally. I think I have rounded them all up, but if I have missed one – please forgive me and please take this as your thanks.
Firstly The Belmont Rooster http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/ contacted me to nominate me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, but I was too slow and missed my opportunity to share with him in the celebrations. He has to be one on the most prolific supporters of gardening blogs out there as I see his little ‘like square’ everywhere I go and normally one of the first! If you haven’t seen him yet – go and check him out.
I was also nominated by Wendy at the http://quarteracrelifestyle.wordpress.com/ for the Sunshine Award, but once again that was a wee while ago and I completely missed it because of all the goings on in my life outside the garden. But Wendy has some great stuff on her blog and us Kiwis have to stick together, so go see her and tell her I told you that you absolutely had to go and visit!
Lucinda at http://lucindalines.wordpress.com/ also nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award, which was also an honour but was also a while ago and I haven’t dealt with it until now! I have been such a terrible bloggy friend. Lucinda is a breath of fresh air in the middle of a chaotic world as she talks about the ebb and flow of normal family life. Go and visit with her awhile – she is a really lovely soul!
And then yesterday Jen from http://gardenerjen.wordpress.com/ nominated me for The Liebster Award, which prompted me to do something about all these awards as it was getting a bit ridiculous. Jen is a new-ish blogger and passionate gardener in Melbourne, Australia, so her garden will be going great guns over the next few months and will be a great place to go to catch up with a spot of summer gardening. Go and see what she is doing and give her some encouragement – she is doing a great job. (I googled Liebster and it is German for sweetheart!)
Now I have to say I am dreadful at following instructions and most of these awards are too old so in the spirit of the awards I’ll tell you seven things you didn’t already know about me…. I have to say, most of these awards have very similar instructions – share secret insight about yourself – the amount of information varies even between recipients of the same award.
- I write gardening articles for many different places – online and in print.
- I’m taking photography lessons and loving them very much
- I’m working on an exciting new project with a rapidly approaching deadline
- I believe everyone should know how to plant a seed and get food in the same way they should know how to boil an egg and sew on a button.
- We have too many chickens!
- In December I will have a 1 minute series featured on NZ’s Christian radio Radio Rhema
- I had to have facebook training as I had never used it before this year and found I needed it for publicity for my book!
The awards also require you to nominate between 5 and 20 other bloggers, contacting them and then linking them to your blog, and as I have really messed this award ceremony up completely due to my lack of urgent attention, I am going to ask you to go to the first 7 blogs in the reader tag section under the tag “gardening”. http://wordpress.com/tag/gardening/ Choose the first 7 blogs you have never seen before and read and like them, and if you really like them – follow them!
Told you I was never one to follow instructions.
Come again soon – normal gardening blogging will resume in earnest from tomorrow!
Sarah the Gardener : o )