This post is unashamedly full of kitten cuteness. Fennel has got her brave on and ventured beyond the safety of the house. It was delightful watching her take those first steps across the grass. She was highly suspicious at first and preferred to stick to paths and the familiarity of solid surfaces. But after disappearing under the deck, causing great panic, only to emerge a little while later, covered in cobwebs and wondering what the fuss was all about, I realised she was ready for the garden. So I took her out to discover the environment she would spend most of her time, if she wanted to hang out with me.
She is quite a clingy wee thing and to start with barely left my side in the shed as I sowed seeds. The corn garden has an annoying gap where a dozen plants are missing. Early on – when the seedlings were still tiny I carefully lifted the spares and relocated them into spaces where none had appeared. Then I strategically moved others so the area where there was none formed a block and I popped in more seeds. I don’t know if I’m impatient or not, but only a few showed their faces. So, I’ve started again under the controlled conditions of a seed tray. The beans must have decided the corn’s behaviour was admirable and worth emulating as only a handful of these had popped up.
A pleasant time was spent hanging out in the cool of the shed with wee Fennel, me sowing seeds and her digging them out… Oh, fun times. Then we headed deep into the garden so I could do a spot of weeding. So long as she could see me she was fine. Then she got adventurous and explored the beds beside the ones I was working on. The brassica completely engulfed her, the cosmos intrigued her and the bolting lettuce gave her a great place to hide. If she continues to enjoy the garden as much as she did yesterday, then we are going to get on just fine.
Come again soon – there are so many things vying for my attention, I’m spoilt for choice.
Sarah the Gardener : o)