Looking out of the window, you might be surprised to hear that today is the official start of British summer time. Here in Sussex, the weather is grey and wet and shows no sign of letting up any time soon. For the Mother of an outside-loving toddler, this is not good news.
This week, we took to the footpaths around our home to explore. Our path took us through woodland, and farmland, and past pretty Sussex cottages that we can but dream of one day owning.
On the rare sunny days this week we took to the garden, a vast barren patch previously given over to horses, and began to plant what will hopefully one day be a vibrant family garden bursting with life and colour. A visit to a garden centre for 'inspiration' proved disastrous for my poor bank balance when we returned with several magnolias, bulbs, and lot's of ideas (those, at least, were free).
As you can see, my dog Maynard was a tremendous support as we broke ground and popped our first plants into the earth.
Even the boy got involved. I'm hoping he'll grow up to love the garden. It's also really important to me that he knows where his food comes from, and I hope our plans to grow our own fruit and veg will prove to be both educational and delicious! I'm very new to this gardening lark, so if you have any tips or advice I'd love to hear it.
I've had a few queries about my little vintage shop. Basically, I'm a full-time mum with very little childcare. My own family live quite far away so I don't have that local support unfortunately. Before we agreed to help my in-laws restore their house (and live in the lovely countryside!), my partner and I were able to divy up parenting and work much more easily than we can now, as he's super busy doing DIY and trying to keep his own business going. There just aren't enough hours in the day. I've been hoping to relaunch the shop this Spring, but with life being what it is right now I really can't commit to it. It makes me very sad, as it was a little hobby that brought me lots of happiness. It was so nice to have something that was mine. I'll keep my current stock up for a while, but after that - who knows. On a brighter note, I know I'm really lucky to be able to spend so much time with my little boy, and I wouldn't swap that for anything. Onwards, people!
Hope you've had a lovely week.