After a few days of heavy rain, Sunday dawned bright and clear, if a little chilly. So The Artist decided to ride out on the Harley, visiting a mate who has a fourteen acre ‘back garden’, complete with small fishing lake, ancient woods and motocross track.
I’m always welcome to join him but I’m definitely a fair~weather biker babe these days. Besides, I know he appreciates ‘bloke~time’ as much as I like being left alone to ‘potter’ occasionally ~ these ‘spaces between us’ help us both maintain our balance.
So I waved him off, flung doors and windows open to air the house and headed out into our front garden to absorb a few rays while the sun still shone. When I wrote about my intentions for 2013, I didn’t think I’d be able to work outside for a couple of months yet, so this was an unexpected bonus, reconnecting me with the natural world and literally grounding me.
I began cutting back an overgrown jasmine, which a friend had given me as a cutting several years ago. It may not be the right time of year to be doing this but it grows like crazy, so I’m sure it will appreciate the pruning. After all, nature is programmed to survive. Actually, looking at the photo, I might have been a little enthusiastic with the secateurs ~ ah well, too late now!
The cat who isn’t our cat kept me company, sharpening her claws on the gate post, before settling on a sunlit bench ~ but by the time I’d taken off my gardening gloves to photograph her, she’d scarpered. Here’s a picture of the empty seat, in front of our new fence. It looks quite stark at the moment but I have plans…..
By the time the homeward bound HD roared through the gates, it was clouding over and becoming cold. So we dumped three sacks of clippings and a skip bag of rubbish at the recycling centre and came indoors, grateful for this brief foretaste of spring!