Today marks the start of yet another new normal, and just when I was getting used to the last one. The kids headed off to school. The house is decidedly quiet, and Jasper the Dog is patiently awaiting their return by sitting at the window. They’ve been gone less than an hour. It is amazing how much things have changed since they last went to school – Joey’s school uniform doesn’t fit anymore – he’s done a lot of growing. But for me things are still the same. The garden is still growing – although not as fast a Joey, and I’m still going to my garden office and doing my computer gardening. I’m sure we will slip into this new normal as easily as we did for the last couple of new normals.
With the recent changes, my world has opened up a little. I went shopping. I decided to buy seeds instead of seedlings as the seedlings were enormous and as I’m not ready to plant my onions out until the middle of June I decided to pass. It was all a bit overwhelming to be out and about, so I hastily headed home without everything on my list… I’ll get them at some point when the chaos is no longer chaotic and the new normal settles down into a mundane routine. I breathed a sigh of relief as I returned to the safety of my bubble.
The ability to connect with friends and family, made me remember life was about more than the garden, the kids and watching movies with Hubby the Un-Gardener. The weekend was filled with people we’d only seen through a screen over the last few weeks. It was lovely and it was the perfect excuse to see if the new wall and chiminea worked. I suspect from the late nights sat around the warm flames; it will be a fabulous spot. We just need to get on and finish it so it doesn’t spend its life being a half built entertaining area that we continue to apologise about until we forget there were ever any plans to do anything further with it.
But we also encountered another problem. We were almost completely out of water. The kind neighbours came to our rescue and let us hook into their water supply with a multitude of garden hoses that stretched quite some distance. This is where it is great to be a gardener and having too many hoses is a thing. Having said that, there is no such thing as having too many hoses.
Unfortunately, while we now have some water, it isn’t a problem that will go away soon. This autumn – the season that is supposed to gradually transition from a lovely hot, dry summer to a gloomy wet, cold winter – there hasn’t been much rain at all. March was ok as far as comparing it to previous early autumns with around 40mm of rain. But April decided to do its own thing and instead of delivering the expected almost 80mm of water from the sky it only barely managed a meagre 30mm. This month we should be expecting anywhere between 60mm and 120mm and so far we have had 23mm with nothing but sunshine icons on the weather forecast except the promise of rain on the 27th, but to be honest I won’t be holding my breath.
While not gardening, reconnecting with friends and family is certainly a great way to Make May Count so it was a good weekend and I am refreshed and restored. But now we are in a new week and without distractions and the chance of a child coming to me for the answer to a complex physics conundrum, I have no excuse not to get stuck in and get more things done. And as desperately as we need the rain, I really should make hay while the sun still shines.
Come again soon – we are over the mid month hump and quickly running out of autumn.
Sarah the Gardener : o)