Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Smooth with the rough

The weather has been divine here lately. A little bit chilly at times but to have several days of sunshine has been very nice indeed.

Sunday, the majority of the day was spent in the garden. Both front & back gardens have been weeded. The lawn needs edging in the front & a few plants to go in. That will be sorted for this year, until the bulbs are ready to buy & plant that is. 

Mike removed a red currant bush & two gooseberry bushes with a little help from this little chap.




He likes to help where he can!!

Part of the reason for removing the bushes is to give us more space for a larger pond & to cut down on the amount of work needed on those particular fruit bushes. Both are infected each year by gooseberry sawfly & it was getting too much to take care of them. We have a very good PYO farm in the next village so I can still get a few tubs for jam & fools. 

Rob very sadly had to attend a funeral today of an old university friend. Something you would naturally expect if you were in your seventies. Rob is 22 in eight weeks his friend was the same age. I really felt for my little boy this evening when he returned home in his black suit & tie. Another life lesson learnt I expect but a sad one all the same, they were still in uni together this time last year. 

In nine weeks time we are taking Rob back to his old uni. In eleven weeks time he will be flying many many thousands of miles away to start his fancy pants job at the new university campus. All in all it's been a roller-coaster year for him.

Take care all. xx

24 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about the loss of someone so young, that's very sad. It must have been very hard for Rob.

    It must be nice to have a bit of extra space in the garden. Fruit bushes can take up a surprising amount of room can't they. My gooseberries are usually stripped by sawfly, but they don't seem to mind too much. It will be lovely to have a bigger pond, they really are such a wonderful magnet for wildlife aren't they. I wouldn't be without one now. I shall look forward to seeing what you create. CJ xx

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  2. The weather forecast tonight is for more cold weather right up to May, I am itching to get planting, but will hold off. It's a shame to remove fruit bushes but saw fly destroys the good growth. I'm hoping this year we have sorted our gooseberries. It sad to hear the loss of ant young life, sad time for Rob.

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  3. Such a sad time for Rob and it's certainly been a big year for him. Ponds can be interesting, especially when the tadpoles arrive. We also have birds drinking from and bathing in ours too. PYO places must be great, but we don't seem to have many of them here in Oz. Take care.

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  4. Poor Rob, that's so sad and must be very tough for him, I hope he's coping.

    We had gooseberries in the garden when we first moved into our house, but we had the same problem with the sawfly so out they came. The pond sounds good, I've always fancied a pond in the garden but I'm not sure we could keep the dog out of it! Jxx

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  5. How sad for Rob to have to deal with such an event. But as you say, it's a life lesson and sometimes they can be very hard to take.
    It's good to have an extra helper in the garden.

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  6. Poor Rob, what a sad time when a friend passes away at such a young age, certainly a life lesson we all hope not to have to go through too early. Wishing him lots of luck on his adventures later this year though, I should think you're going to miss him!
    Bless Rocky helping with the weeding! Xx

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  7. I feel for Rob having to deal with the loss of a friend already, and I'm sure that you're going to miss him. Thank goodness for things like Skype which helps us to stay connected. I had to get rid our our gooseberry bush years ago for the same reason as you, as it never had any leaves or fruit on it. A pond is a great idea- I'm looking forward to seeing it.
    Cathy x

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  8. How sad. So young. Poor family. I hope the new job goes well. I can't wait for the pyo farm to open up again, only a few more weeks to go. x

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  9. Loved the photo of the gardeners apprentice. Sad sad so sad to hear Rob's news. Good luck to him in his exciting future! Hugs to you for being brave about him going so. Far. Away. X

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  10. Poor Rob, loss is difficult for us all but when you are younger it is harder to cope with I think.

    Love seeing your little dog, he looks like he is having so much fun, must have been so funny watching him xx

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  11. Now that really is a difficult thing to cope with at his age, a hard lesson to learn so young. Exciting times though with her new job looming. I am hoping to get out into the garden today.

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  12. Sorry to hear such sad news - always a time that makes you assess things and at least Rob is seizing his opportunities..

    It always amuses me when little dogs watch what is going on so intently.

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  13. It is difficult enough for anyone to deal with the passing of a loved one. But the passing of a peer so young is particularly so. I wish Rob strength.

    We've had dogs like that. Biting everything when gardening, even the shovel. We had to resort to locking them inside for their own safety and for the sake of our own productivity. :-)

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  14. I grubbed out my soft fruit bushes with the exception of one red gooseberry bush when I decided that July evenings were too nice to spend topping and tailing and jam and jelly making. One red gooseberry bush makes one jar of jam, one gooseberry tart and several gooseberry fools, which is enough I find. How sad to lose a friend so young but good luck to Rob - and you!

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  15. How terribly sad, someone losing their life at such a young age. It will certainly affect his friends, I don't think they realise at that age just how fragile life is and it can hit them hard when anything like this happens. I bet you're counting down the days now until Rob starts his job, it's such a wonderful opportunity for him but I'm sure you'll have very mixed feeling with him having to be so far away. How proud you must be though. We've got another lovely day here today, I hope it's the same where you are so that Rocky can get out and supervise the gardening again.

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  16. I empathise with Rob as I lost a friend around the same age.
    Your pictures of Rocky made me smile. Flighty xx

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  17. Your son has already had a fair few hard lessons to learn, hasn't he? But then, he's alive, which his friend from uni isn't, so I suppose you have to look on the positive side. It must be even worse for the friend's family to lose someone at such a tender age.
    I hope you remember to cancel that magazine sub at the right point - they publishers will be hoping that you don't!

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  18. That is so sad to hear that Rob's friend's life ended so young. It really is a hard thing to bear and come to terms with at that age. Congratulations to Rob with his new job. My daughter just finished university this past week, and has moved back home (so much stuff!). Looks like Rocky pup is the best shrubbery digger in the family. Enjoy your sunshine!
    Wendy x

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  19. Very sad news about Rob's friend. A funeral for somebody so young certainly makes you appreciate life. I went to two funerals of children at the school when I worked there. Absolutely heartbreaking for all concerned but the counsellors they brought in for staff and pupils to talk to were brilliant.

    It's been good to get out in the sun this week and the weather is definitely getting warmer. Sounds like you had a busy but productive weekend. xx

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  20. I am sorry to hear that Rob has lost a friend when they are so young and have their lives ahead of them.

    Loved the pictures of the little helper! Looking forward to seeing your pond when you are done, ours needs work on it too, I think it has a leak......

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  21. It sure has, such sad news when someone that young passes away, that is such a tragic loss of a young life. Hugs to your son,
    Meredith

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  22. Poor Rob; 22 is far too young to be attending a friend's funeral, I do feel for him. Hope the new job goes well. I love the photo of your assistant gardener and your list of deadly things that women say is hilarious. Have a great weekend. xx

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  23. It's hard enough when your own contemporaries dies and they are older but at 22 that is so sad. Hope Rob gets on OK with his new job. B X

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  24. What an awful thing to happen to one so young.

    At the other end of the spectrum, what a gorgeous and enthusiastic garden assistant you have!

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