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Hopefully, the ping in your inbox alerting you to a new blog post made you smile. It’s been a bit since I had time to write, apologies, but hopefully, after today’s update, you will understand and maybe even join me in getting excited about our new spring season which is approaching fast.

For you guys who have been with us a while, you will have noticed a bit of a decline in the frequency of posts over the last year, culminating in my wee break over Christmas. Rest easy if you were worrying. We are both healthy and happy, I was just very busy and priorities meant I had to reduce the number of activities I could do in a day.

Over the past year, I have been battling through my dissertation which is the final step in the masters degree I have been studying, on top of a full-time job and the garden and our lives in general. For those of you who maybe aren’t familiar with higher education (here in the UK at least), this final piece of work was quite a large undertaking, and so was taking up almost all of my non-working time. For me, as I am studying education, it means a large written piece, which most folks are aware of, but before I could do that, I had to design and run a research project, collect and analyse data and then study previous research in the field. Then, after all of that, I got to do the written part.

I won’t lie, it’s been an incredibly stressful and exhausting year, but I am happy to report I have come out of the other side and I am ready to get back to life in the garden.

But don’t worry I didn’t have to go through it all alone. I had my constant academic cat companions. Who gradually took over more and more of my space… because they love me….apparently.

So the good news is that I am back and just in time to get going for spring – hurrah! The plan is to get into the garden today and clear the mess that the recent storms have made and then get the greenhouse cleaned and ready to go. Then I’ll sit with a coffee, maybe a biscuit, and order seeds etc for the coming year. I have been so looking forward to this.

So, I PROMISE to update you all later in the week with how the garden is looking after it’s spring clean today and on what fun there will be, come spring.

Oh and remind me to tell you the funny story of Kate, the frozen carrot bed and the dark.

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