It has been a month of ups and downs. It also seemed to be one continual long weekend. With Easter, then Anzac weekend followed by labour weekend. Making a very disjointed time for getting things done. But we did go to a 4 day workshop to learn how to use water mixable oil paints. I had never used them before and we painted a large close up of a flower. I just loved this medium, no smell and very easy to blend.
The weather has been perfect for gardening, not so perfect for people on holidays, 193mm of rain spread over the month. Mainly falling on weekends. (last year in April we only had 39mm of rain)
So what did we do in the garden. A lot of pruning and tidying up. Last April we did a major prune of the big trees (see here) So this year it was only tip pruning.
Planting out some snapdragon seedlings ready for a spring show. Looking back to last years April changing seasons I noticed I grew lots of veggie plants. That didn’t happen this year. Am I getting lazy, old or just sensible with my time…
Growing on some other annuals in the greenhouse, poppies, stock, and calbrachoa.
The down or should I say scary news was I had a phone call to say I could have knee surgery May 5th. Whoa I was not ready for that. So have cancelled it for 6 months. Then a week later Jack had his call for knee surgery on May 20th. He will be going ahead with it…
Across the road the building is, noisily, taking shape. Two large, 2 story houses going up where, previously there was only one single story house.
Do we call this progress…
The birds are back and joining us for breakfast.
Early in the month we had a small Covid scare and, for the first time, mask wearing was mandatory for 2 weeks. But it was quickly under control, and we are now back to what is, now, a normal lifestyle, of social distancing, washing hands regularly and signing in everywhere with the QR code.
Now the garden is pruned, weeded and mulched ready for winter I am able to spend lots of time immersed in my art, which I love.
Well here I am again, another month whizzed by and Su’s changing season challenge prompts me to record what has happened this month.