Lots of changes going on for me - probably good for me if only I could
see the wood for the trees - but at the moment, the trees cast long shadows.
So I do what I've done before - I take refuge in gardens - my own - my friends, any garden that will have me. I get down close to the earth, to dig, and plant, and not think too much - other than where the next planting will be sited.
And I visit other gardens...the first images here are taken on a walk around the village of Blewbury in Oxfordshire -
it's difficult not get inspiration and solace from the peace and beauty of an ancient English village in June.
I've been trying to do a lot of work in Autumn Cottage garden around the pond this weekend (though the bug which has plagued me since returning from Portugal is still not gone, so "work" in the garden has consisted of 15 minutes work and five minutes rest/collapse!). Raining today, so not so much done, as the weedy area - the last to get a layer of bark chippings, has already hardened, making it difficult to pull the weeds. The showers will moisten it - I should be able to do more tomorrow.
On Friday, I spent an "R&R" afternoon with my dear friend Liz. We "mooched" around the local Antiques Centre, (where I found a carved screen and the Italianate pottery cornucopia of vegetables that now sits as a "bit of fun" in the garden) - had a nice pub lunch surrounded by
hanging baskets and overflowing tubs of flowers, and then returned to her house and garden.
It's the sort of house and garden that make me rush home and wield the planting fork again! Here are some images of the afternoon to enjoy while I wait for the rain to stop :-)