I made the mistake of going out the front yesterday and it hit me.......it's about 6 weeks AP (after Pam) the evidence very clear in my garden. Now Pam is my mum and when Pam comes to stay my life gets sorted - the garden, the washing, the meals, the child. Yes I am 40 years old but you know what sometimes growing up is about facing your reality.
Have you seen a family of ducklings waddling across the road after their mother? That's my reality when it comes to Pam....some lil duckling with short legs and a big b.....t is always gonna be struggling to keep up.
Today is a prime example: while i contemplate how to attack the weeds Pam is cycling 58 kms on the Alps 2 Ocean ride. An ex-rural woman not only can she cook all the flavours of scones (biscuits for my American friends), she's a fabulous gardener and basically all round legend.
So yesterday after 2 days of a sick child at home and starved of oxygen I ventured outside. Now I want you to imagine a home on a steep hill one side mostly landscaped and happily growing little hedges, topiary, and other 'neat' plants (think:structure, order, cohesion.) This is the part you see when you visit. (of course) and the part i'm sharing today and yes these photographs do contain weeds.
On the other side is what I think of as 'the dark side', or the jungle - it's steep, wild, weedy, scrubby mess. This part needs a plan for levelling, retaining walls, pathways and new lawn. Yesterday i took a deep breath and ventured out into the dark side and the darkness is growing - it needs attention.
Don't be fooled it's not all pretty city here folks, behind these balls of vegetation lies 'the dark side.'
The good news: pumpkins, corn and rhubarb all flourishing in the dark side (who knew?) So my plan for today involves getting my gumboots on and getting stuck in.
If you need me I'll be down in the pumpkin patch with frankie our geriatric cat and observer of outdoor projects. Bring home the coffee Nicholas.
In a very paraphrased version of Edmund Burke's words: "The only thing necessary for evil weeds to triumph is for good women to do nothing."