The Good Life

May 11th, 2008 • Posted in News |

I spent the majority of this weekend gardening. And I enjoyed it.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute ……

It was several months ago that I decided I should dig up the unused, gravelled seating area at the rear of our garage and plant vegetables there instead. It’s taken me until this weekend to put that plan into action, and I thoroughly enjoyed these last two days – shifting a ton of gravel by hand, digging the ground, digging again, emptying the composter we’ve had for a couple of years over the excavated soil (worms! millions of them!), digging in again, raking, compressing, raking again, compressing again, planting seeds … Who knows, some of it might even grow! Red onions, spring onions, carrots, parsnips, purple sprouting, broccoli. I’ve also planted some garlic in a tub on our patio, as well as tomato and pepper plants in grow bags.

Madness. But I loved it. Part of that was enjoying the physical side of it, I guess, but it also took me back to helping my mum and dad in the various gardens we’ve had; they always loved gardening, and Dad still does (and he’s been my ‘gardening advice line’ all weekend). I’m hoping it’s something my kids will enjoy too, especially when the time comes to start harvesting. There’s nothing quite like fresh tomato & cheese sandwiches, tomato still warm from the sun and just plucked, crusty bread, cracked black pepper …..

So on this blog, along with updates and news about forthcoming book releases (and they include a new novel and collection), and movie news (a couple of potential new options on the horixon), you can expect frequent updates on how successfully my seeds have sprouted, and whether I have any unwelcome attacks of carrot fly.

See? The blog that just keeps on giving.

‘Til next time … take care of your vegetables.

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One comment on “The Good Life”

  1. Darren T says:

    Ha! Congratulations mate, and welcome to the world of the middle-aged, green-fingered massive.

    So far, I’ve managed to plant some sprouting spuds and an onion that developed shoots (it won’t produce more onions, but should go to seed) but work on the vegetable patch (digging and sieving, digging and sieving to get rid of the building rubble) is progressing nicely.

    And the apple trees I planted in November have blossomed. Which gives me far more satisfaction than I ever thought it would…

    Isn’t life grand when the sun’s shining and there’s sods to be turned? 🙂

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