138. Bramshaw

loaded wheelbarrow

loaded wheelbarrow

festive wheelbarrow

festive wheelbarrow

We still haven't moved back home *sigh* but this weekend we hope to. Back at home I can report that the mud bath that the builder left has improved and grass is sprouting up through. It will very much be a blank canvas next year and I'm already scouring Pinterest for inspiration of potential garden projects. 

If you asked Al, he would tell you that that is very me, thinking about the next project before even finishing the current one. If you asked me, I'd tell you that it pays to plan ahead and actually I'm a fricking genius. Enough of the boring house updates, bring on the garden!

The Snowberries are out in force, looking a bit like Christmas tree bulbs.

The Snowberries are out in force, looking a bit like Christmas tree bulbs.

Snowberries

Snowberries

This week I have been resting up post-operation. It's been a lot harder than I imagined and the reality of just how little I am going to be able to physically do for the next 6 weeks has now sunken in. No driving, no carrying anything heavier than a half full kettle and for the next couple of weeks only 3 ten minute bouts of walking a day. This has left me hugely despondent and feeling that I am missing out on getting out and about and doing the festive stuff I was looking forward to - picking a Christmas tree, meeting up with friends, walks in the forest.

 But it was after one of my allotted 10 minute walks in grandad's garden that I started to realise that this is an opportunity to focus more on indoor things - family and creating. Heck my fancy pants Range is installed now, next week when the kitchens done we'll be able to bake cakes for the first time in 6 years, that can't be a bad thing. In terms of taking photographs being indoors leaves me well and truly out of my comfort zone. I love being outdoors, natural light and space, I will look at my temporary situation as a challenge to sink my teeth in to.

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

All photos this week are from grandad's garden and I have tried to get some shots of things I don't think I've shown you before... Like the huge pile of leaves composting in the paddock next the the house.

Leaf compost mountain

Leaf compost mountain

Now that looks big-ish but actually it's much bigger,as tall as my head and I am 5 foot 7!

leaf compost

leaf compost

leaf compost pile

leaf compost pile

fork handle (well it is the Two Ronnies time of the year!)

fork handle (well it is the Two Ronnies time of the year!)

The ditch shown below runs along the back of the garden, behind that wire fence you see is a copse, owned by one of the other houses on Penn Common. It's the first time I've seen the ditch have any water in this year, when dry it's favoured as Kitty's squatting place of choice in games of Hide and Seek.

ditch

ditch

Grandma sent me out to the greenhouse to collect some onions, a tea time ingredient and I found this fellow, a good 3 inches big, he's the last tom standing.

the last tomato of the year

the last tomato of the year

There are still a few of the crop of 2014 left...

onions drying in a greenhouse

onions drying in a greenhouse

onions drying

onions drying

Bye bye runner beans

Bye bye runner beans

I was excited to see these seed pods below, they are on an Acer tree and grandad tells me it's the first time in the 8 years he's had it that it's podded like this. Feels kind of special.

Acer seed pods

Acer seed pods

And finally a mini-injection of colour. Primroses featured heavily in books I read growing up, tales of bunnies and yellow primroses stick in my mind, funny how certain flowers and plants can do that isn't it?

primroses

primroses

Next week, the 18th December is the last How Does Your Garden Grow? of 2014 as we'll take a break for Christmas week. Feel free to share gardeny photos and tales or if you are infected with Crimbo-mania, photos of your Christmas trees / wreaths! HDYGG will then be back here on Thursday January 1st for another annual cycle of gardens to begin!

Thanks to all who joined in last week, some faves include: Woodland by night lights, stinky but pretty paperwhites, a new joiner inner with a family garden, Autumnal reds, a December gardening list that shames my half-arsed thoughts about planting bulbs and finally in total contrast to the UK, the blue skies and blooms of Miami Botanical Gardens.

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