Counting My Blessings

The garden needs a lot of tidying, and some new fencing, but as you can see from the photos, the patio is looking good. This is due to Julia’s hard work. So, blessings one and two – a colourful patio display and an apple tree with 14 apples on it.We will have to wait for the June drop to see how things develop.

Blessing Number Three – Julia still doesn’t realise she married an idiot. I am doing my best to hide this from her, though I think it is slowly dawning on her that after 30 years I have shown no signs of improvement.

I have a job. I may not have enjoyed it much this morning when I went back to work but it pays the bills and, more importantly. over the last couple of months it allowed me to be furloughed. If I had still be self-employed the last few months would have been a lot harder. I am slightly ashamed of myself for not sticking with self-employment but accepting that job offer two years ago has proved to be a smart move.

I still have my health. It may seem, as I grumble and gripe, and throw down handfuls of pills, that I am not the healthiest of people. This is true, but I’m a lot better off than many of the people I chat to in various waiting rooms. However, most, if not all, my health problems are caused by my complete disregard for diet and exercise, so I have only myself to blame.

That’s five reasons to be cheerful, which is quite enough optimism for one day.

Sherwood, Nottingham

Sherwood, Nottingham

Pictures are from the garden on the day we had afternoon tea.

14 thoughts on “Counting My Blessings

  1. Lavinia Ross

    Things look beautiful there. Julia has done a lot of hard work! We have 13 apple trees. In any given year, most of them produce. Individuals seem to take a year off now and then to recharge and refresh after a heavy production year.

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  2. tootlepedal

    You may well have fourteen more apples than us this year. The frost seems to have done for our whole crop. Thank you fr the patio picture, both it and Julia are looking good.

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    1. quercuscommunity

      Generally, the garden is a haven for wildlife (ie a mess). Apples are a lottery here – some years we have lost all the blossom to the wind. Not as bad as cherries though – the birds had them every year. I think we had six one year and that was as good as it got. I took the tree out to give the plum more space. Fruit can be tricky.

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    1. quercuscommunity

      That is good to hear. Next time I see a picture of Clif forced to stand in the middle of your snow-filled garden so you can show us how deep it is, I will think “He is a lucky man.”

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