Last week gardener hurt his ribs, which meant he took a week off work. He didn’t mind too much about not working - he is retired, after all - but I missed him. As the weather was reasonable, and the Open Garden deadline is racing towards me, I worked by myself for two days. Two hours’ gardening in the morning, cooking dinner, followed by an hour’s dog walking, a tea break, and another good two hours’ gardening. What could possibly be wrong with that? I didn’t do a lot of digging or lugging, just normal outdoor work.
True, I’m not as young as I was, but I didn’t feel overtired at all, just nicely stretched. And very happy. Outdoor work always makes me feel elated, it’s those lovely endorphins that are released by exercise in the fresh air.
The walks were lovely too. Millie took her time over all those wonderful smells left expressly for her benefit and she deposited lots of little messages herself. I poked around for wildflowers, like this gorgeous little clump of cuckooflower - aka Lady’s smock or milkmaids. No stress, no undue effort. I am sure you all know what 'nicely tired and deserving of a lazy evening’ feels like. Both days left me in high good spirits and all round pleased with myself.
I should have known what would happen: a rush of adrenaline like I had experienced for two days running causes my stupid heart to go into overdrive. Sure enough, there I was, ready to drop everything else and start a third gardening day, when sudden flutterings stopped me dead and it was me on the sofa, self-medicating like mad, instead of outdoors. It was okay in the end, four hours later things had settled down and I didn’t even call the doctor. It’s just so very scary every time.
If the weather is good he’ll be back tomorrow. We’ll have another go at some of the bigger jobs. Keep your fingers crossed for: a) the weather, b) gardener’s ribs, and c) my heart. Personally, I’ll try to be as miserable as I can. But not to excess.
PS: prickly gorse (bot. name ulex) is not the same as broom (bot. name genista) which is a garden shrub.