Caption: Cleaning the greenhouse
Caption: Basil having a snooze!
Caption: Chickens in the house as if they own the place!

Our greenhouse is chocker at the moment, still filled with terracotta pots and bits of gardening garb and equipment piled in to avoid the hard frosts we get in Cumbria. But with the last few sunny days, I’ve been venturing out, carrying everything onto the grass and starting to clean. There’s something really satisfying about washing the greenhouse staging and windows; like cleaning the slate for a new year and the promise of the growing season to come. But of course this year is like no other, we’re all stuck in lockdown and cleaning the greenhouse seems both important and trivial at the same time.

With lots of people working from home (including many of us at Dalefoot Composts), we’ve all been tested with home phone lines and internet connections not to mention trying to use Zoom! So getting into the garden and doing something normal feels like such a tonic. Yesterday, I tackled the terracotta long-toms that I use for growing tomatoes and just for a minute whilst watching a spider climb out of a pot, I forget about social distancing and hand washing and worrying.


I was brought out of my day dreaming, by Basil our dog who is a terrible scrounger, munching a couple of seed potatoes! Having wolfed them down and then he pottered off to ‘his’ bench to-rest-and-digest. Not only that but the chickens had managed to get inside the cottage and I could hear the sound of Vincent Cock-a-doodling. It just goes to show that even in lockdown, our furry and feathered friends can very quickly take advantage of the situation!

Looking forward to sharing more with you next week!

Written by Juliet.

1 comment

  • Sharon Foley

    03 April 2020, 10.37am

    Hi Juliet,

    Lovely to read your diary during lockdown. It nice to see you are trying to get normality back into every day life.... In the south we are trying too but it’s a little bit harder.

    Let’s all hope we can get back to our normal lives soon ...so we can see our family’s and friends. Thank you Sharon

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