The waiting game

It has now become the norm that most of my substantial gardening endeavours take place during the autumn and winter months. That doesn’t stop me from itching to get on with the tasks I’ve got planned, though.

At least, I’ve got crafting to keep me from going up the wall while I wait. On Monday, I went up to Ripon to do a morning’s spinning with one friend and then at long last on Saturday the York District Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild held its first face-to-face meeting since the start of the pandemic.

The Guild holds these meetings at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming just outside York. I’d passed the signs for the museum on the A64 on countless occasions and yet surprisingly had never considered venturing inside before.

Now, I have, albeit only on the periphery. So, here is a small taster of what you can see.

What you see as you approach the museum from the car park. I was on the first floor, where the Guild has its equipment and book store.
Once you have entered the museum through the shop, this is the first exhibit, which also happens to be by the rooms we weavers, spinners and dyers were ensconced in for our morning, afternoon, day of chatting and crafting.

I had actually done a little work in the garden earlier in the week. Yet more strawberry plants have now gone in the Green Johanna and so the path leading up to the shed is clear.

When we moved into the house, there was a path along the side of the garden, where the shed now stands. It was a highly inconvenient space, as the stepping stones were interspersed with pebbles over a decaying membrane to keep weeds at bay. This all made for a difficult journey to get the bins out on collection day.

Once I’d taken up the stones, pebbles and membrane, I discovered that the soil was impenetrable by spade. In other words, it was the best place to site the shed. However, the path had been longer than the shed, so a few feet of garden were still uncultivable.

This did not deter the strawberries from making in-roads onto this patch of ground. Their deep roots have broken up the soil and if I could find a suitable replacement for the strawberries, cultivation might be possible.

I’ve not thought about what I could do with this part of the garden, so for the moment, I’ve put some newspaper down to suppress/discourage unwanted vegetation. I’ve also added a stepping stone from my stash courtesy of various Freeglers, which makes it more comfortable walking to the shed.

Perhaps one day, I’ll make a more permanent path. After all, much as I hate to admit it, one day I might not be quite as nimble-footed as I am now and fewer trip hazards would be a bonus.

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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13 Responses to The waiting game

  1. Yes, the not so nimble footed stage has a habit of surprising you. However, you are a lot younger than me so you have time yet. 🙂

  2. Trip hazards do get to be more inconvenient

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have discovered that big jobs have to be done in Autumn and Winter when the annual stuff has finished. Like you I am impatient to get on with it all but I also know that it will compete for my time and energy with cutting trees for firewood! I shall look forward to seeing what you do and meanwhile I hope you enjoy your craft projects.

  4. You’ve been busy, Helen. I’m glad you got out to craft among like-minded souls. That does a person good. You’ve got some brave Strawberries growing there. Can you leave them over the winter to help the soil?

    • Helen says:

      I’m removing the strawberry plants as they are old and to make way for a raised bed, Alys.

      Strawberries are perennial here and do overwinter in the ground. In fact, mine were planted as ground cover to protect the soil, so now I need to think of something else to do the job.

  5. gaiainaction says:

    Hi Helen, great to have plans and work towards achieving them. One is never stuck for some sort of garden project which is nice. It must be lovely for you too to be enjoying your crafts.

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