Thanks for all the good wishes for our garden plans. Although there will be lots of changes going on many of the things that I love about the garden will still be there - the raised beds are being reconfigured and I'm looking forward to planning out the veg garden soon - hopefully in time for spring (if it ever arrives!). We're also keeping the chicken run, half of the herb wall, the table and chairs under the grapevine where I like to sit and knit with my radio in summer and of course Toby's beloved trampoline. I will miss my messy little shed with it's bench and shelves strewn with gardening bits and bobs, though my potting bench will have a new home outdoors so I can still potter at it.
It's the loss of the climbing frame that has had the most impact on the garden and on me, to tell the truth I cried when it came down. It has served our family so well for many years and brought so much pleasure to Amy and Toby. I can still vividly remember the delight and amazement on Amy's face when she saw the first swing that we put up, and Toby's utter joy at the climbing frame, he was up there before it had even been finished! I have fed him lots of petit filous yoghurts up on the platform - it was always his favourite place to eat them on a summer's day.
I suppose that what I am actually sad about is the ending of a chapter in family life. Taking down the climbing frame has felt like closing the door on childhood and I will miss it because it was loved by the little people who used to play and squeal and laugh on it. But it has been a year or two since Amy has played on it and Toby is getting too big to be completely safe on it. It is the right time to make a change - a garden is best adapted to suit the needs of those who use it and I'm sure we will come to love our new garden room and I will wonder 'how ever did we manage without it? I am certainly grateful for the kindness and generosity of family and friends that has made it possible.
Over the weekend the work outside had to be put on hold due to a late winter storm and yet more snow!
Snuggling inside with lots of wool was definitely the best thing to do and I started planning how to join the stack of squares for my tiled blanket.
There have been a few false starts...
To begin with I sewed the pieces together through the front-most loops of the edging round. I thought it was going well but when I laid it out I wasn't happy - it looked scruffy and messy and I didn't like the wonky squares
Then I tried sewing through the back loops on the edging round...
...but was still not a happy bunny. I think it was better than the first attempt but still a bit scruffy at the corner joins.
So finally I tried sewing through the little line of bumps at the back of the edging...
...and at last I think I'm happy. I plan to keep on joining the squares like this and once it's a bit bigger I'll take some more photos - hopefully at that point I'll not change my mind again as I'm now heartily sick of unpicking stitches!