Further to our chat the other weekend, Dan and I had another chat about doing the right thing at the right time, rather than lots of little compromise things that don't really satisfy what we want/need to do but we do them anyway.
It lead to a very wild goosechase for some snowdrops.
I really want to have a garden full of bulbs in the spring and I really want some snowdrops but haven't been able to find any. So we ended up at about half a dozen garden centres and shops yesterday trying to find some. We got some in the end at one of the chain garden centres - the ones where there's lots of everything, but not much in the way of plant stuff. And now half of them are in the ground. I know they might not show up next year but if they show up eventually that's good enough for me.
On our way to the many shops we drove past about 8 cars abandoned at the side of the road, very odd as there's not really anything around. Then on the way back there were more cars and lots of people with cameras with huge lenses, scopes and all manner of viewing aids. Turns out, in a small patch of wasteland for the past two days there has been a grey shrike. It doesn't happen very often. I'm not a bird person so I'd never heard of them and didn't see this one, but did manage to see a photo the bird people had snapped. It's so cute!
Dan also collected up two bags full of leaves to make into leaf mulch stuff, I've been told it's a good thing to do, and it's free so can't be bad. The veg beds are empty, bulbs are planted and lots of leaves have been removed from the garden. I can't believe how much stuff is still flowering, even some of my bedding plants. We finally bought a nice pot for my aspidistra, it's been in a horrible brown plastic pot for many years and now it has a nice white shiny pot to live in. We rounded off the weekend with a drive - yes, a waste of money but it's something we like to do. We went to Morecambe for a pint of Lancaster beer in a glass with a handle, to discuss plans for my birthday (OK, it's not until January, but we like to plan). Turns out I would like a structure for the garden, a cocktail and to go to The Midland.