As my infrequent posts here suggest, sometimes I struggle to get things done as I would like.
So, at the weekend, a couple of years after beginning, I was glad to reach the final stages of remodelling the front garden.
When we moved into Casa del Phil, the front was one long patch of lawn, with a scraggly bed and a decrepid wall at the front, and a straight concrete path running to the front door.
As we live by a river that has been known to flood, I was determined not to follow many of my neighbours in just paving over the lot, leaving a few pots/specimens here and there, as I wanted to keep the benefits of drainage, and have a bit of kerb appeal.
First job was ripping up old lawn and smashing down the wall, which was fun. Then creating large steps to give more interest than a boring slope, with a nice path meandering through to the door, to create more of a feel of going somewhere.
Using reclaimed/cheap materials was key as – frankly – I couldn’t afford anything else, and I do like the cottage garden feel.
Fast forward a couple of years to a month or so ago, and plants have established, new beech hedging is settling in, and the slate paving slabs have finally been added.
This weekend was a final tinker with some gravel and tidying the planting, and after a couple of hours labour, I paused to sit on the step for a brew with the sun shining over the garden.
And for the first time in years, I felt like I’d got it somewhere, achieved something.
It just looked “done”.
Yes, I still need to sort the lawn/path edges (getting some beech logs and I have four types of lavender potted up ready), but it felt like I’d finally shaped something I wanted, as well as I hoped,
As quick as I’d like? No.
But totally worth it for moments like that after years of on-off trying.
I guess the point I’m making to myself is that it’s easy to get would up by my inabilities and shortcomings that I privately berate myself with, but perseverance, patience and occasional bloody-mindedness can eventually pay off.
So maybe now, I can start finishing off more things.