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I started keeping a garden diary in 1999 to record the development and progress of my garden. I have allowed it to lapse several times and finally it stopped altogether about five years ago.
2020 has been a difficult year for all of us as we have struggled to cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic. Everyday life we took for granted changed - work, routine, recreation, holidays, shopping - even good health - were lost as disease, death, face masks and isolation became our new way of life. As an over-80-year old I had to self-isolate, missing out on everyday routines, social life and my rota at Artisans Corner.
One thing shone like a beacon - my garden! It has been the perfect therapy, a special place of hope and healing. Its seasonal rhythms are reassuring, growing, cooking and eating my own salad, fruit and vegetables was a pleasure. I am fortunate in that the front garden is next to the road making it easy to keep in touch safely with neighbours, family and friends too.
My first entry for 2021. I'm excited but aware this will be experimental as my previous diaries were recorded straight into a bound book. This time it will be on separate pages as each one will need to be scanned to display here. Diary posts will be made as things happen in the garden and posted immediately on Instagram and Twitter to keep you up to date.