This week has been bliss in our corner of the UK. The sunny warmth has arrived, meaning after school and work we’ve been spending time outside, relaxing in the garden.
I say relaxing but it’s not really because N has been keen to do some gardening. But we’ve definitely been enjoying the sunshine and warmth, which is still in the 20 degrees Cs at 7pm. It certainly feels like summer.
I’m not a gardener at all. My wall has a lot of weeds in (I think, although they could be the flowers coming up), there’s dandelions all over the patio gravel and around the side of the house. The wild chives are looking beautiful, although are yet again taking over. And my poor mini rose bushes are also being taken over by them.
N’s favourite part is getting out his scissors and trying to cut as much of the grass as possible around the edges. I suppose buying him some edging shears would be a handy way of getting him to do my gardening. This week though, we’ve been attempting to do some weeding.
After 6 journeys to the corner where cut grass is left with his weeding bucket, and 3 evenings of weeding, the garden still doesn’t look like we’ve cleared anything. I think really we could do with getting in a professional to do a bit clear and tidy of the garden, plus cut in a border and start me off with some flowers that are easy to deal with. The OH does sometimes go round and spray off all the weeds on the patio but he’s not done it this year.
One weed that is looking pretty is the buttercup invasion. We’ve rarely had them in the garden in the past, but this year they’re also invading. Not just around the edges but in the grass as well. Usually my father in law is the person who mows the lawn on the ride on mower. But because he’s had an op, he’s still taking it easy, so it’s not been cut as frequently as he would usually do it.
As well as weeding and just mooching in the garden, we’ve had the frisbee out. I’m determined to get N throwing a frisbee properly this year but given my brother turned up and with his first throw sailed it straight over into next door’s garden. Sigh.
It’s been lovely to sit out in the garden and just relax and chill. No pressure (except for the nagging that N needed to do his reading) and just an hour outside somehow feels like it’s a lot longer.
Hopefully there’ll be more good weather over the half term break so we can enjoy sitting out and enjoying some more garden relaxation.
How do you enjoy the after school and after work time?