Round the garden in 80 days #55

On Saturday, I managed to speak to a doctor about my lack of sleep and tiredness over a long period of time and then had to rush down to the surgery for blood tests. As I was putting my jumper back on, I looked down at the nurse’s desk and was shocked to see several tubes filled with my blood. I can’t give you the full list of what they are for but my hope is that when the results come back the reason for my occasional naps during the day is not enough sleep at night.

Anyway, feeling that I had to prove to myself that I was not about to keel over, I did lots of baking on Saturday and on Sunday I did more than add to the compost bin. In fact, pruning is a job I like, not least because I’m looking up and not down.

Actually, I did need to look down to remove the hazel suckers.

I think, though I don’t know, that the hazel trees are too young to be pruned as such. However, the tall and lanky one has started to sucker, which may be visible in the above photo. So, the first job with the secateurs was to cut down the suckers. This will no doubt need to be repeated and repeated but if it results in bean poles for free, I’m all for it.

The prunings from the eating apple trees, on the other hand, did not result in any poles. Either the branches were too spindly, too short or both. I decided not to add them to the bug house but to dry them off in the house for my friend with the wood-burning stove. It will give her pleasure as well as some potash for me.

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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9 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #55

  1. I hope all will be manageable

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I hope the results of your tests are reassuring. Meanwhile it is good to get out in the garden especially doing jobs you enjoy.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about the lack of sleep. I hope you’re able to get to the bottom of things soon.

  4. Over Soil says:

    Maybe they’re vampires and have need of your quality stuff.

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Fingers crossed on the blood tests. Scary waiting though. I have the occasional afternoon nap. I did yesterday and I was alert enough in the evening for knitting and still slept slightly longer than usual.

    • Helen says:

      That’s good!

      Yes, any investigation is scary. Perhaps if I’d just accepted the anti-depressants…. but if I see it as re-assurance rather than a threat, as Going Batty suggested.

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