Desperately Seeking Employment…

*New Year’s Resolution? Nah, not really, but I do need to find something more regular! Invigilating has been my failsafe part-time employment for the last few years but I’ve been applying for as much as I can at the moment since realising that my trial of garden work proved too physical, even if I was determined to keep trying.

I’ll keep applying for things that are more cerebral though as Invigilating is not allowing me to be creative. I have spent the last few months fine-honing my problem-solving abilities on a domestic scale, but it is now time to address a few more: by bringing home a salary! I can do this!

And hopefully the thorn marks from my gardening last week will heal before I have to convince any potential employers!

I need to get planting seeds soon!

Gardening in January…

Don’t tell anyone but I went out in the front garden – in full view of the neighbours – and decimated the spiky thorn bush that has been scratching the car (I shall look it up) and snipped some holly. I used industrial gloves at one point but those bushes didn’t know I was coming. Tenth day of January and I am not bundled into ten layers of woolly clothing!

I even trimmed the holly bush which was overhanging and obscuring the phormium which is one of the first things I planted in the front. The others have not flourished quite as well but they were smaller to begin with.

I feel quite virtuous that my green bin is full again on the day of collection. But wondering what to do if glorious January continues? I will struggle to add much to the compost bins even though that is what we are being encouraged to do. Maybe I’ll have to ask Letchworth freecycle sites for another one…

Life is just so MesSy…

Our weekends look like becoming the garden cleaning crews once more. I liked having a gardening job but I realise now how much time is truly required to keep the garden usable and a pleasant place to be.

I feel a bit rubbish as the last few weeks I have been fighting an infection I didn’t know I had. Combined with recurring twinges from my extreme surgery last year I am now left regretting my gung-ho attitude to taking on the gardens of North Herts for quite so long. And I’ve lost interest in five minute jobs as I have so many of them and I don’t want to keep doing those if I haven’t got a plan.

I have gone all around the back and spotted so many areas of growth I can’t say are weeds or not and lots of areas which need a skip for the stuff which doesn’t belong. There are still lots of plastic containers and builders detritus as well as car maintenance containers needing taken to the local tip.

There are bits where I can see improvement and I’ve got to hope that the next few months allow me to get my wellies on and blitz the tidying and get some seeds planted early enough this year that birthdays don’t stop me from the pleasant planting by exposing the need for boring but necessary maintenance.

I have some stump killer to add to the four or so bad lumps!

First Post of 2020!

I have a lot of optimism for 2020! To say 2019 was a disappointment is fudging it somewhat as I thought that I had found a new path only to have it stamped on with steel-toed boots, literally.

I also didn’t manage to last out my yoga sessions as finding the location in the dark exposed my driving limitations and I think that’s a known MS eye problem. I need to work out a new exercise regimen which I can fit into a work hunt/life and leave myself some energy for gardening…

Last years daffodils – We will see if my cultivation of the overcrowded daffodil areas has affected the usual array which we are blessed with each year. Yellow being the predominant colours in early spring.

January is a time for meditation, affirmations and contemplation and it has already filled with some days of paid work (in my diary!) and medical appointments (joys!) which will give me time for meditation on where I need to pursue goals and endeavours this year to enable continued further work in the garden. Boy, not sounding like a stuck record much! Those four sheds are getting more decrepit by the minute (pic shows a different one last year?) and I’m not sure they will all make it through a late snow storm which is being threatened this week…

Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. That probably needs to be diarised? Otherwise it won’t get done, right?

Sales bargains!

I spent some Christmas money selfishly on me today. Our local bookshop has a sale section so I bought some books at around 40% off. It’s got me thinking as well. Maybe a book should be written?

Actually I’ve been throwing that idea around for a while but not in any serious kind of way. Kind of halfhearted really… I have an idea and get distracted. I don’t have any extra funds to take time off to write or a place (ie not my sofa) to actually do it. But those are just excuses really. Go on somebody give me a kick to get going…

Otherwise, I will dig a big hole in the garden again!

One year In…

I transferred to this site a year ago. I haven’t redesigned the page much or used special features… but my resolutions are to change that! I want to visit a lot more places and try to do some videos! I love taking photos but that often misses the three dimensional aspects of garden spaces. I saw lots of private spaces last year but I wasn’t able to share them with you.

I chose Gardening with Limits as the title for my blog due to the practical limits of MS but honestly the limits I face are also financial: I have struggled to find a job due to my MS despite it being largely under control. People perceive that I will not be a good worker or something, or think that I do not need to be paid properly. I am registered disabled but I do not have a visible condition, and I have worked physically hard jobs in the garden company and only gave it up because of my November date for surgery.

Again the recovery from surgery has been slow, I have had an infection which kicked in before Christmas and I pick up antibiotics tomorrow. The doctor phoned me when we were en route from Scotland and said I needed antibiotics. I was impressed that it was picked up that I hadn’t called for my results and it was important enough that the doctor phoned me to see how I was?

So job for tomorrow and if I feel up to it I might go out and make a list of garden and house jobs to attack this year; inside and out! We tidied our bedroom today to try and clear some of the piles of stuff that were building up. Car troubles again had held up some of the things I couldn’t do on my own but the kids were impressed with what we managed today! Onwards and upwards!

Beaches are favourite walking locations for most of my life.

The Howff is an old cemetery in Dundee.