The truth is that my ex-husband was a very keen gardener, in fact when I met him he was a landscape gardener so he spent a lot of time tending and caring for our garden. After he left the garden became a real source of sadness to me, because it was probably the only place we found a common ground and a mutual love of flowers and plants. It was a few years before I could even face spending more than a few minutes out there, and only this year that I've decided it's a project I could take on.
The photos from the previous post were carefully edited to show the beauty of the flower or shrub, most of which were chosen by me originally and planted and tended by my ex. However, the garden has been neglected over the years and needs a lot of TLC to get it back to its former glory.
I've spent some time over the last two weeks working on bringing the garden back to a manageable state, trying to tidy it up and make it look something like the garden it once was.
It got me thinking that my garden is like my body. After years of neglect, the attractive features are hidden away and no longer presented to their full potential. Underneath it all, there is something there....something that could look quite good once again.
So, here's the plan. Each week I will continue the work on the garden, and in parallel will work on myself too. My efforts will be recorded here.
Since thinking about this plan I've done the following:
Mown the lawn (twice!)
Cut back shrubs and bushes and tidied up some of the border
Bought a new set of garden chairs, cushions and set them out with a table and parasol.
Taken the old garden furniture to the waste tip.
The garden this week
Had my eyebrows waxed, as people were spontaneously singing Werewolf of London to me.
Restarted my diet - again.
Booked a place for a make-up lesson at the Clinique counter in a department store.
Started, and continued, with a morning and evening skin care routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturise, with a weekly skin exfoliation.
I have lots of ideas and plans for both projects, and I'll be detailing my progress each week. I'm open for suggestions on what I should include and any other ideas you have!