The A-Z blogging challenge is quite straightforward, blog everyday in April, except Sundays, with subjects that follow the alphabet. It’s all a bit of fun. My subject is ‘A month in lock down’.
G is for gardening. Before I start on today’s blog, I know that not everyone has a garden. We live in a house from a time when houses had them, both at the front and the back. They are proving to be a blessing during the lockdown.
Now, I am no gardener, I don’t really like to get my hands dirty (in any sense of the word) and getting soil under my nails fills me with no sense of delight. I am always bemused when watching gardening programmes how people rummage around in the clammy earth without a care. Indeed I think the sign of a real gardener is someone who both loves the feel of soil between their fingers and can’t walk past a plant without stroking its leaves, with some obvious exceptions of course.
The gardens though have helped me enormously during this time. The back garden has been a source of fresh air and physical activity which would otherwise have been more difficult to obtain. I have built a wall which I have been meaning to do for over twenty years and finally started to straighten up the wonky and dangerous paved area.
The front garden has allowed me the odd and fleeting contact with neighbours who pass by or are working on their own patches of land. Everyone’s garden is getting the love and attention they deserve and the street has never looked better. Even non gardeners, like myself, are putting in the hours.
Plants and other accessories are hard to come by and so there is a lot of trimming and clipping going on instead. It is amazing how much there is to do, which I guess is another blessing in a funny way.