Well, hello there …

21 thoughts on “Well, hello there …”

  1. dear cathy, cat on lap holding down hand – so no caps…thrilled to see you are writing your garden blog again and i very much enjoyed reading it. yes it, last year was a very difficult one here with so much drought and heat in the summer – i think we all got discouraged – but everything that survived will have put down deep roots for next year – i hope…

    1. That’s a nice picture of you sitting with the cat Clare! I know, it was very discouraging wasn’t it. Time for me to pull myself up by my bootlaces. Thanks so much for commenting, and see you soonxxx

  2. so nice to hear from you Cathy, and …… you had a lot to say, don’t worry about family not reading your blog, mine don’t even remember I have one, connecting with like minded people is what I like about blogging and keeping a bit of a record of my garden now,
    lovely roses and I love the idea of a row of Stipa gigantea, I love my rows of pampas grass, so that’s where all the heat went, wish you could have sent some of it over to us we had very low temperatures barely hit double figures C most of the time,
    you make me smile with your old lady talk, you have more than a decade to get where some of us are, and I definitely know what you mean about slowing up and finding heavy work, well just plain heavy, I also know exactly what you mean about finally getting a garden late in life, I think people who have gardens, especially large gardens when young, even middle aged are very fortunate, I just hope that who ever has my garden after me will appreciate the trees and other plants, as I appreciate the conifers planted by former owners,
    I visited your blog a couple of times as I was wondering if my feed was not working, I just want to finish by saying I am glad you were reading my blog back in May/June and thank you so much for suggesting a lavatera, despite the cool temps and rain it did very well and both the cuttings I took are growing well too, I could see it through the living room east window and it has given me much pleasure, I would never have thought of this plant, thanks, Frances

    1. Frances – what a lovely comment! It is nice to share like this, isn’t it? And encouraging words from older gardeners are so welcome. Yes, would have been nice to have started younger, but I suppose you just have to carry on regardless! I especially liked your comment about the lavatera – how lovely! I expect some day I will be enjoying a plant that you’ve recommended to me! Take care and hope the winter treats you kindly. I’ll be back on Island Threads to visit and see your progress again soon!

    1. How very kind! It’s nice to feel part of a community – I will hopefully be back on form this week and dropping by yours very soon! Meanwhile, take care and thanks for commenting …

  3. Cathy, I enjoy reading your blog, whenever you feel like posting, you have a unique garden and experiences which offers a window into a world I am not familiar with. Less is more as they say, looking forward to when you post again. Hope the weather there is better than the current grey very wet stuff we have here!

    1. What kind words – and need I add that I always enjoy visiting your blog as well, and hope to drop by to see your progress some time very soon? And it’s great that you pointed out that all of us cope with different conditions, and that’s why we learn so much from each other. I know that I am grateful for the ‘window’ you and other bloggers offer me! Have a good week …

  4. I’ve missed you. Like you I lose the will to live in the heat of the summer, this year was terrible but the autumn was wonderful, especially November I almost think I should go away for the summer but the vegetable garden always produces well. I am older than you and am thankful that most of my garden is flat. My roses ended up more dead than alive this year, I removed some. My free draining soil plus the heat make gardening very difficult.

    1. How very warming to be missed, Christina! (And now that the heat’s gone, we need the warmth here.) I always enjoy your wonderful garden and have learnt a good deal from observing how you have done things – such an honest blogger! I love that. Sorry about your roses – I do hope that ‘Clair Matin’ is ok? I remember relishing your photos of it. Take care and I’ll be dropping by very soon when I get back in the swing a little!

  5. Hi Cathy,

    I did post a comment but I am not sure whether it was attached. It was so nice to read your garden story and to see the lovely pics.

    Thank you for your computer topics. I agree that sometimes it is best to stick with what works as I found to my chagrin when I downloaded the new Windows.

    Love to the cats and of course to you


    1. Hi Paula – yes, I got your lovely comment and glad you’ve enjoyed. A lot of people – not particularly me, I like Windows 10 – have had problems with the new Windows. Love to you, Sapphira, Azura (and the others!) – and special kiss for Bien-Nee!

  6. Hello, darling, this is your Mum! Still reading and enjoying it all…I love the gorgeous grasses. See you soon. Xx. Cats too xxx

  7. Welcome back!
    This post has really struck a chord with me.. only a couple of years younger but with just the same challenge for the future, also on a slope. Mike and I carry the lawnmower back to the shed between us up the steps so I’m impressed that you do it on your own.
    Your autumn garden is looking lovely, grasses and seed heads I need more of!

    1. So nice to hear from you Jessica – I wish I could take pictures of our renovation and write about it as well as you do! But, to be honest, I should really start. Being the proud owner of a very old fosse septique in France is no joke – and at the same so funny, sometimes you think you’ll die laughing (if you can get the right muscles to respond). Now, whenever I carry the lawnmower, I will think of the two of you! I’ve always loved grasses, but it was an eye opener to discover that in a continental climate they might be the xerophytes I’m looking for!

  8. Haha, it appears as if your mum does in fact still read!
    I’m glad to see you back and missed your updates. It is a shame starting later in life, but starting new is always exciting… less baggage, and better to be a few years into it than to be a few years from starting.
    -and you never know maybe there are still a good 20 or 30 left, those stairs may keep you young after all 🙂

    1. Yes, thank goodness she’s still there! So nice to hear from you. Hopefully I have the 20 to 30 years you mention (still working on ditching the baggage!). Funny you say that about the steps – it’s what I tell myself when I go up and down (except that a 6-year-old friend also finds she’s out of puff on them – maybe I’m stronger than I thought?) I look forward to seeing what you are up to very soon, now I’m trying to get my act together.

  9. Just catching up with you. I missed your writing and photos too, the ones here are gorgeous. You’re making me feel better about taking on a new garden at the age of 55 (I just typed 35, I wish!) as well as my 25 year old very small garden here and my 15 year old allotment. My new garden is flat, 0.4 of an acre, faces south west and is on free-draining greensand with limestone rubble, and of course it comes with ‘issues’. My dream is to create a cottage garden and to have many years to enjoy it, but first we have an 18th century stone cottage to make habitable… we have to hold onto our dreams.

  10. Hello Cathy,
    I’ve enjoyed reading some of your posts this pm as more rain lashes the Velux, and I dream of a good frost, like the spectacular header on your blog. You seem well on the way to a lovely garden, and as always it’s interesting to hear how many gardeners are experiencing their own weather extreme challenges around the globe. Such a shame that so few politicians seem to have any rooting/interest in gardening. It might make for some better policy making,
    Best wishes
    And as a rare ageing gardening chap blogger, I entirely sympathise with the slowing down that seems to kick in around now. Working out a strategy for hanging around long enough to really see the spring bulbs bulk up, is my biggest challenge …

    1. How kind of you to stop by! I really enjoyed reading about your garden. I only wish I could visit. Sadly it is wet and horrid here as well. The banner on my blog was taken of the chateau and its grounds last year when we had a marvellous heavy frost. I so agree about the gardener’s ability to observe change in the seasons. Only problem is that there are short-term changes as well (50 year cycles) which makes things more difficult to assess. Certainly, we ought to have snow or heavy frost here now – we have, theoretically, a continental climate. I hope we don’t start getting more snow in April! I enjoy writing about the gardener’s ageing process – I think it affects all of us and we shouldn’t just write good news, but sensible reflection on our attitude to our own gardens. That said, if I stop dreaming, well …! And the bulbs, as you say, are what keep me going!

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