Week in review: 25 [2019]

Welcome to week in review, where I look back over the last week of social media posts and add a bit more narrative.

This week has been chaotic. One of our dogs had a seizure, the second in three months. Although she is ok and we are ok, this meant some added stress, rushing home from work early and vets appointments to make sure she was indeed ok.

Theo and Robin were also a bit unwell and although I think that I’ve dodged the illness, I’m a lot tireder than usual.

Izzy wonders if there is anything worth eating up here.

However – the world doesn’t stop. So here’s this week’s update.


It’s extraordinary sometimes how little time I actually get in the garden some weeks. I’ve certainly been time challenged again this year, because of all the structural changes made in bringing in the raised beds. Moving two tonnes of compost from the front of the house to the back of the house took time and yet didn’t auto-reward with oodles of veg growing.

But this week I have managed to plant some leaf beet (also known as perpetual spinach, although it is neither perpetual nor spinach), some ‘wild’ rocket and some lettuce.

No don’t worry, the seed packets are laying on the soil only briefly and for illustrative purposes only.

The loofah plants and the climbing French beans have survived the deluge over the last few weeks. More updates on those when there’s something more to write about.


Just in time for winter (shush) I have finally finished knitting a sock that is not a test sock. It is the third sock that I’ve knitted and this is the first real success. It’s the right size, the right length and I solved that pesky gap in the gusset issue.

This is no longer a test sock.

Stay tuned on the sock front. The matching sock to make this lonesome creation into a pair has already been cast on.


This is our most abstract concept so it’s ok if you don’t immediately get why a secondhand pond and waterfall fits in this category. Mend is not just about literally mending an item. It’s about mending the environment too.

I held on for literally months until I found the right pond for our back garden. Genuinely until I saw this listing and knew it would be perfect, I had no clear idea of what I was looking for.

Straight away, this is secondhand. So not only did we pay a bit less for everything but we aren’t creating a demand for new items when there are used items that are perfectly reusable. It’s zero waste because it stops people sending unsold secondhand items to the tip. And finally, this is going to be a wildlife pond rather than a tightly managed fish pond.

Yes, I know the small dog will probably jump in this. A lot.

To give you a sense of scale, the pond liner is about six feet long. The deepest part is 2 feet deep, and the widest part is about four feet wide.

I weeded by hand for two hours to make the right kind of space for it to start to happen in our wild zone. And yet – our back garden has just swallowed it up without really reducing the available size. I think our back garden is an agricultural version of a Tardis.


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