The Joys of a Garden

The weather here in Glasgow from  early May to early June was exceptionally sunny and even warm at times! We sat outside many mornings having our breakfast under our Gazebo, praising the Lord and wondered how long this would last. The flowers and plants flourished and our hanging baskets were looking as good as I had ever seen them.

My eldest sister Mary celebrated her 90thbirthday at the beginning of June and we had a lovely garden party for her in the sunshine.

Everything changed last Thursday, when storm ‘Hector’ arrived with winds gusting at 70+mph.  The weather forecast had warned us it was coming, so we had the Gazebo firmly tied down. However, whilst the plants and hanging baskets took a beating, they survived, unfortunately our flimsy gazebo did not! Muriel and I were in fact out in our slippers and housecoats at 06.30 and just managed to hold on to it, as all of a sudden it blew off the deck and threatened to disappear over the hedge! Now that would have been a sight, especially if we were still holding on! 🙂

This last week we decided to replace our dilapidated garden shed, and we are thankful to our son Cameron for building us a new deck and assembling the new shed. This month Muriel and I also did some work clearing one area of the garden, putting down weed prevention cloth and stone chips, and sitting some pot plants on top. All this to reduce the garden maintenance now that we are both octogenarians!!

So things are now mostly back in order, the tomatoes seem not too bad in the greenhouse, and the weather has reverted to a typical Scottish summer. We are enjoying the long summer days, and feel comfortable outside with a jumper or anorak!

I trust wherever you are you can find time to enjoy the joys and pleasures of a garden.

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I'm am a married man, a father, grandfather and great grandfather who has been married to Muriel for 62 years. I have worked as an Engineer in the Sugar Business, and as a Manager in the Relief and Development sector. Firstly however, I'm a follower of Jesus Christ and this fact has shaped my life and work.

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