I know it has been a long time since I have written. Losing Amber was hard. She was my sweet girl and very much a part of Brookwood Shire. Seeing just two girls seems wrong. Two is not a flock. But there is no point getting more hens if we are going to Ireland.
For their part, Beatrix and Prudence are doing better than I thought they would. Prudence has never liked Beatrix and I wondered how they would get on. But they seem ok. In fact they have managed to work together to escape a few times…partners in crime!
Shortly after we lost Amber, Fergus took a turn for the worse. We thought we were going to lose him as well, but with some medication adjustments, he rallied. He was the only one I know who enjoyed the SNOW we got in early April.
He is still walking and swimming and enjoying himself. He turns 14 at the end of the month….a feat for a large dog..especially one with cancer. He seems stable at the moment…and happy.
But the hot weather will be difficult for him. His future is uncertain. So all of a sudden, Ireland is feeling much more real and we wonder if this might be our last year at Brookwood Shire. An unsettling thought. For while we are excited about Ireland and looking forward to adventures there, Brookwood Shire has been our home for almost 30 years. It will be hard to leave.
So as gardening season arrives, and I begin tidying the beds, I suddenly find myself wondering. Gardening is all about the future. What is our future?
It changes the way I garden. I didn’t start any seeds this year. I will be planting fewer things…and not things to store over the winter. I will not add any new beds (a first…I always add new beds!). It will be different. But I will garden…how could I not?
I have planted some lettuce, but Peter (our resident bunny) has been sampling it. He (or someone) has also sampled some of the chard and the broccoli and a few strawberry plants. Hopefully there will be enough for everyone.
I have been working my way around the gardens, tidying, adding compost, dividing and mulching. Everything seems happy. Despite the very strange weather we have in this new climate we have created, nature carries on. It is quite amazing.
This is the time of year that the woodland gardens are at their best. They fade as the summer gets hotter. May and June is when they are spectacular. I find myself wondering where we will be next June…and enjoying them all the more.
It will be an interesting year..a transition year..and where we will be at the end of it….time will tell.
But for now, life continues at Brookwood Shire…
…and all is well.