Yes I am still here but don't have that much time at the moment, work is still manic and stressful, the motorways are still busy with idiots and life at home is busy with working in the garden and at the allotment.
So far, I've only got the onions, garlic, shallots and potatoes under way, the propagators have all been found out again and given a good wash out ready for all the seeds to go in but that's about it - mind you how cold the weathers gone today it probably makes sense to wait a little while longer and let it warm up a little more.
I went through all the seeds I'd already got on Friday and did a list of what I (and my daughter and daughter in law) needed, I haven't brought any pots, seed trays or inserts for about 4 or 5 years, having washed and reused what I'd already got, but felt that this year I really did have to get some new ones.
So after getting the seeds, the dahlia's, begonia's, sweet peas and geraniums (all white - the garden theme this year is going to be just green and white), the new seed trays, inserts and pots, a new bucket and a new cloche to keep the carrot fly away - I was £60.00 worse off!
But I am pretty well sure that, I have got everything I need for this year for the growing season. It's our first year with a full sized plot and hopefully it will help to feed our whole family with home grown healthy food, so really it is a small price to pay and the seed trays and pots will be reused for the next few years
It is our hobby too and there can't be many hobbies that work out so cheaply and feed you into the bargain!!
Are you like me fed up with the price of everything going up and up - I've had to go and buy a new iron today - I won't say how much it cost - all I will say is that it's now got to last for the next 20 years at least! (I've had a good one and one that feels comfortable to my arthritic fingers - but really the price was shocking) There doesn't seem to be anything that remains at a static price - it doesn't matter what you go to buy, whether it's food, utilities or pleasantries - everything has gone up.
I think that all politicians should only be able to earn the national average wage which is supposed to be £26,000 perhaps then they would do everything they could to bring prices down. We would soon see those that do that job for the good of the country and the ones who do it to line their own pockets and see it as an easy ride. (Would that be communism? don't know not sure!!) Mind you - I wouldn't mind earning the average wage, the only people that I know that are on that much are the managers now at our place and I don't know of anyone else who earns above that in family and friends, so not too sure where the statisticians get their figures from)
Only a quick posting today - hope you are all well - will hopefully be back soon - Take care all