Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Friday, October 7, 2011

I love days off

I really do.

Sleep in, have a  leisurely coffee.
Read a book for a while.

Wander off to the post office where I pay my rent.

Then home again, where I noticed the roses had new flowers so I cut a few for my kitchen.
Three yellows, two reds and a beautiful pink edged cream one.

Then, I spent a couple of happy hours wandering around in my front garden.
Of course we all know it isn't exclusively mine, but let's not get bogged down in technicalities.
I can see the whole front yard from my door and window, so that's good enough for me to call it mine.

I pulled on my new gardening gloves, got out my recycling tub, the new secateurs, the new pruning saw and went to work.
Deadheading the roses, sawing off a lot of dead wood from them, pulling out odd bits of grass and some young thistles here and there.
I had a wonderful time
I have to tell you though, most of these are old fashioned rose varieties, with thorns.
Lots of thorns.
BIG THORNS!!

Even with the gardening gloves I got stabbed and scratched quite a bit.
I washed off with undiluted Dettol, then followed that with hot water and lots of soap!

This is very satisfactory work, because I know the rose bushes will reward me with lots of new blooms.
Heaven is in my front yard.

15 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are enjoying your new home.

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  2. I can feel your enjoyment with your home. But the old fashioned roses are the ones that have the glorious scent. I have a couple bushes of the old fashion roses; I picked one rose and it was in the kitchen. The fragrance drifted all the way back to my bedroom.

    Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

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  3. I can smell them from here, such is the power of suggestion. Sometimes it seems like everyone who blogs has a garden and when I read about them, it almost makes me want to join the crowd.

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  4. Delores; I'm loving it here.

    Manzanita; the scent from these is very lovely, especially the dark red ones. The petals look like velvet and the scent goes right through my one bedroom flat.

    Rubye Jack; come and visit me, I'll give you some good strong cuttings. In just a couple of years they'll be good sized shrubs. Do you have garden space where you are?

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  5. EC; your blog is one of the ones I can't leave a comment on. I typed it twice and pressed post comment, but the comment just vanished.
    I loved your tour of TulipTops, I'm very impressed that all of that garden is planned and maintained by just two people!

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  6. Sounds like you had an enjoyable day :-).

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  7. Seems to be working ok now. But i'll wait and see what happens later :-).

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  8. River: I am really glad that you are enjoying your garden (and if you work in it is yours), and your new flat.
    I am sorry you couldn't comment on my tuliptops trip, but thank you for posting it here. I just can't get over all that work done by two people either.

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  9. Your article heading alone won me over but I'm glad to hear that you love your new home. I miss the lovely roses that Adelaide gardens produced....

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  10. :) I hate gardening... but I feel myself smiling for you at the joy of yours.

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  11. Windsmoke; it's been a great day. I hope my comments keep working for you.

    EC; I may have to comment to you here until the problem is fixed. I hope you don't mind that.

    Kath; Adelaide does seem to have a knack for roses. Think of the joy you'll have rediscovering gardening when you return.

    Kelley; gardening isn't for everyone. But I'm happy to make you smile.

    I hope too many other people aren't having trouble posting comments here.
    I'm unable to comment at Elephant's Child; Sleepydwarf, and Sassying It Up.

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  12. Not a problem. Glad you are reading me. Sometimes blogger and its hissy fits make me have one of my own.

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  13. I'm so pleased to hear the pleasure in your blog that you're enjoying your new home :)

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  14. Jayne; I'm a lot happier now that the Jasmine has finished flowering.

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  15. EC; I think there may be a way, I'll try commenting as "anonymous" for a while.

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