Not quite such a damp squib

This morning, I woke up to rain but when I looked out the French doors at the back

it was reasonably light and the wind seemed bearable.

As I had just offered a lady on Freegle most of my collection of plant pots, I needed to get out there to retrieve them from the shed. It was just as well therefore that I could get the door open and not get blown off course on the way down the garden.

Inside the shed it was blissful – if only there was more room to sit down. Oh well, today it felt snug as I rummaged around, which is the main thing.

Aside from the plant pots, I came across a huge plastic teapot and accompanying teacups and saucers which my daughter must have stopped playing with many years ago. There was also a large amount of black plastic sheeting which I had originally intended as pond lining but which turned out not to be suitable.

Perhaps the liner will be useful for the plant pot lady and the teapot has already been given to another Freegler who collected other stuff from me today. So both the shed and the house are already feeling somewhat roomier than at the start of the day.

Black plastic sheeting and pots waiting in the cloakroom.

There was a heavy downpour and the wind picked up speed after I’d got the pots of various kinds and black plastic sheeting into the house. But lo and behold, it turned sunny in the afternoon, so as I’d promised myself yesterday, the broad beans did get sown as well.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to Not quite such a damp squib

  1. It’s good that you had the sunny afternoon

  2. gaiainaction says:

    Sounds like you are having similar weather to here Helen, including the sun, here it goes from hailstones to sunshine today, with an icecold wind. Great what you are recycling ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. It always feels good to pass things on to someone else and to free up space in the process. Well done!

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Alys. The trick now is not to fill the space up with more stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Yes! I help my clients make little signs after sorting out a space that says “not a drop zone” as a way to remind them not to leave things on a surface. A jar of flowers helps sweeten the spot as well. Practice makes it a habit. It can be rewarding as less is more: more space, more light, more time to pursue activities.

        • Helen says:

          We are going to get rid of some furniture in the living room to make space but also this will reduce space to dump stuff ๐Ÿ˜Š.

          The issue then becomes where to store the useful stuff such as old Christmas cards, which I repurpose into labels and such. Ie we donโ€™t have a lot of storage – and what we are getting rid of is storage. Yeah, sounds a bit counter-intuitive but hopefully we will find a creative solution!

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