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GARDENING

            Actually I do not like gardening because all the weeding causes too much backache and it is a daily job to keep the place in order; otherwise it soon turns into a jungle.  Anyway my disability does not permit me to so do any more but I really do appreciate the results obtained by my wife, Antonietta, which is why I have included this section.

            In the past I have come up with the overall designs, dug the holes, laid the pathways and done all the heavy work as indeed most men do (I believe).  Well, it gives us an excuse for a puff and a beer doesn’t it?  (Or rather it did but we have both stopped smoking and drinking to preserve the pennies). I do enjoy searching for exotic plants and have even brought them back from as far away as Morocco (no, not those plants).  The trouble is that I cannot prevent anything that I plant from dying…even ferns expire on me, and that is a pretty good trick.  Not many people could do that even intentionally.  I did succeed in growing the lawn though. Magic.
            The real gardener is my wife, Antonietta.  It seems that no matter what she plants, it will grow; she tends and nurses her stocks as though they were children and it works, except for snapdragons (antirrhinums) that appear to like a hard life.   The trouble is that if she forgets to put all her implements away in the evening, the following morning they have sprouts on them!
            Together we have made a better pig’s ear out of the dump of a council tip that we took on twenty years ago after losing our home.  There are colours all year round and some really beautiful aluminium trees of various heights with things like magnetic loops, delta loops, Yagi arrays and dipoles atop, without hassle or objections from management.
            We have a truly amazing number of plants and objects for such a small space.  Shed, greenhouse, pond, functional lamppost, birdbath, ornaments, bird feeders, table and benches, three water butts, pergola, pear tree and yet room to sit or lay in the sunshine.  The wildlife is unbelievable, mainly lots of varieties of birds including Song Thrushes, Magpies, Blue Tits, Black Tits, Rooks, Yellow and Green Finches, Little Wrens, Sparrows, Blackbirds, Starlings, Robins, Ring-necked Doves, Wood Pigeons and at least one Peregrine Falcon; fish, frogs, newts, shrews plus our own three dogs and a twenty year old cat that we found on our doorstep as a kitten. Somebody had rung our door bell and ran away.  One would hardly believe that we live on a bus route. We had two more cats but a kind neighbour shot them.  There was also another dog but it recently went to the big kennel in the sky.  Any gardener will know the significance of including cats and dogs in this section!  Note the chair back, half removed for greater visibility!

            Not much wasted space and all grown from seed, cuttings, transplants, supermarket cheapies and presents.  It has taken twenty years and of course, like all gardening, is ongoing.  One does not need a fortune to make an inviting garden, just dedication, the forfeit of wine and cigarettes, not going out for meals, not shopping for else but food and household materials etc and generally adopting a frugal lifestyle.  Living in council property does not have to mean not caring for ones environment and home.

All around the inside of the house too (even the stairs).
Garden Destroyers playing indoors!

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