Everything Else and Everything Else Too!

Plot 17 – The Earthly Comforts Garden

Season Two – Planning Plot 17 January – April 2023

The Allotment Plotters Directory
Everything Else and Everything Else Too!
A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.

Liberty Hyde Bailey

I have been swamped for the last few days. We both have, in one way or another, down on the plot.

We had several allotment runs from the house on Sunday, carting the usual bokashi, green garden wastes, paper, and coffee. Monday was a full day, and it was a full-on day to boot. We started at eight am and finished at five pm.

Many jobs were successfully initiated and completed yesterday, and when l get some time, l will write about them, but currently, time is in short supply.

We are using time, not wasting it, but there is so much to do and still so many demands. We have a small window getting smaller daily. We have so much to do before the middle of March, when we start planting the seeds. We opted against growing things too early to ensure no wastages and bolting chances of seedlings or the seedlings thinking they are in spring before they are.

I had that issue back in January 2017 when l planted seeds in January, and by February, the weather turned terrible, and l couldn’t get them out into the ground. All these years, l now resist the urge to plant too soon. But between now and mid-March, we have much to achieve, which means pulling out all the stops and ploughing ahead harder and faster.

Today I was working with two tons of compost and transfers. Suze was working all morning at her seniors helping seniors job. Monday was the killer of my energy levels. Oh, Suze too, but today almost finished me off. Carting compost is heavy work.

Tomorrow l am at the reserve, and l will be carting logs and probably soils again. It’ll depend on the weather. Monday was a cracking day – beautifully sunny and warm, whilst today was appalling, but at least it wasn’t raining, which is threatened for tomorrow whilst at Gazen Salts.

If it’s not raining too hard, Suze and l can get over to the Butchery for a couple of hours and failing that; then we will be there this Saturday or Sunday. Suze has another bitty working week with awkward window pockets of work all over the place, so it’s a case of squeezing in everything else around her schedule.

We must fit more allotment runs this week to move paling fencing up to the plot alongside some garden stakes. Suze did a cracking job on one of the fencing projects yesterday, but we have four main fencing tasks planned. Some are easy, whilst others are not.

In addition to everything else, you try to fit all the other aspects of everything else to continue. I have several administration tasks to start or attempt this week – like looking at the paperwork to become a sole trading company and registering the business.

This has become more of a pressing matter because our clients at the Butchery want us to help them with a property they are developing in Dover and want us to do the garden there. The husband is a property developer, and whilst his wife is a psychiatrist, she is also actively involved in the development business.

This is a perfect opportunity for us and not one to be missed. In addition, there is a sneaking chance that l might also get the warden’s role at Gazen. I can’t say for sure, but there has been no other interest in the role. Once l have the business sorted, and it has us listed as both self-employed, this places me in excellent standing.

So 2023 is looking to be busy as hell. It’s only Tuesday, and l am already shattered! Eeeek! Not helped either by an accident in Edward’s garage a few hours ago whilst looking at some wood he has that he said l could have, and the shelf collapsed on my good shoulder with a load of wood on it!
Double eek!

Triple eeks, if you include l am aching, and my knees are double the size they should be. Suze and l joke that all this good living will kill us!

I am chasing my tail again and am behind on everything. There are to be a few minor tweaks with the blog to reflect this, and during this busier period, there may be fewer posts. I am cutting out one of the Alohas, reducing that from 4 to 3 per week and changing the publishing times. I am behind on my reading too, but l’ll catch up.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time. Till then, have yourselves a terrific day!

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34 thoughts on “Everything Else and Everything Else Too!

    1. Not really an option Grace, not at this point in time. Cost of living, needing to establish a business and some things can’t wait to get done when you are working with the seasons.

      We both knew this year would be harder. Time versus Age in this case.

      We will get healthier as out bodies acclimatise to it more 🙂

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  1. Lol … we are getting a storm tmrw 🤨 and it’s been cold

    Omg I’m sooooo excited!! 👏👏 I hope you do get the warden 👏👏 you will definitely have to celebrate that somehow – that’s big ❤️👏 woo hoo!

    And then also exciting to see all your directions – but don’t spread self too thin

    Remember to smell the roses too lol 😘

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    1. I have all the usual aches and pains associated with pushing your body through the ropes, but l am lucky yesterday didn’t knock me out or break my left collarbone. It was a disaster waiting to happen, but l am glad that the accident didn’t happen to Edward who at 85 may have been killed by the broken shelf and the toppling wood pile. But still l am lucky serious damage wasn’t a thing.

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      1. Yes… yes you were very lucky!! Edward too 😮

        Thank you for not dying – please try not to!! 🙏🙏

        Well is good to be active but remember to also be kind to yourselves… give selves moments to recharge and stay sane

        May you always be lucky 🍀

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