Katharine Stewart begins her February 24th essay thus: “Persistent cold winds, driving flurries of snow, mean that outside work is held up, though the lengthening days tempt everyone to get on with it.” Certainly here in Glasgow it has not been weather for gardening:
Even Tilly has been reluctant to be outdoors – this photo from last month shows how on edge she often is. She was hearing a cat in the garden next door:
The weather has been stormy and very changeable. Last Friday I had the afternoon off, and had the chance to walk across Glasgow Green. I really enjoyed the wide open space, and the view of the coming showers:
As I type this, a dark cloud has come over the house, and now the hail is falling thick and fast outside. It’s the wintertime! Katharine Stewart thinks of balmier days, and writes: “It’s good to have the mind stocked with memories like these, as good as having a library, shelves well filled with books and documents which can be consulted at will, when you’re coping with the present or planning for the future.” (49-50)
And that is very true! One of the delights of gardening is that now is the time to make plans, order seed, clean tools – because in fact, before we know it, it will be time to plant the sweet peas and clear the flower beds for poppies. And while we are planning, we can take some time to inhabit happy memories of summer:
In five months’ time, I will once again (God willing!) be enjoying a wee retreat in the summerhouse, or maybe sitting with a friend at the table. And I will definitely enjoy my morning jumps once the trampoline is back up!
I hope your week is going well!