No one in their right mind should be outdoors gardening when the weather is like it is. Temperatures down to no more than +2C and a northerly wind adding to the chill factor. Sunshine suddenly sweeping across the garden, followed by heavy hail showers and freezing rain. Just enough time to walk swiftly around our grounds and to see all that is happening.
Lawns absolutely waterlogged. I need to add drainage underground, or additional ‘all-weather’ walkways to connect existing paths to each other to avoid the additional damage of walking on wet or frosted grass.
Spring bulbs just continue to do what they do best by forcing their way up through these waterlogged lawns, through the still lying fallen leaves from last autumn and winter and in the border beds, crying out to us “we are here”
An, as to yet hang bird nesting box, still sitting on out bistro table on the decking is receiving constant attention by a couple of Blue Tits. In and out of the round opening, I’m thinking, I cannot move it now and need to plan to have our coffee’s – when the weather picks up – around this obviously desirable residence so as not to disturb it.
The tell tale ‘ping’ of an email dropping into my mail box reminds me of the up coming Hydrocephalus awareness week. When our son was born, this was the first condition he had to face and we had to learn about. It had very nearly taken his life only hours after he was born. The support group ‘Shine’ is an apt name suggesting that even with such a condition and its side effects, a person can still shine and achieve in life. Formerly known as ‘Association of Spina Bifada and Hydrocephalus’ (ASBAH) it was a representative from this charity who spoke to myself and my wife while he was still fighting for life in hospital, only days after he was born. Back then we didn’t want to know what they had to say to us. Nothing they said could give us hope. Dismissing their approach was the first of many mistakes we came to regret as we learned to parent a special needs child.
Ever since, and wanting to make amends, I always seek to create awareness for this condition and will talk about it and our experience in greater detail during the awareness week in March.
Of course, both Autism and Epilepsy is also close to our hearts and story and as their respective awareness weeks come up, I will talk about how they have impacted our son as well and provide links to valuable information sources. All I ask is forgiveness as I indulge in talking about these conditions that both create nightmares as well as magical moments.
The ground continues to be covered in hail, just as it starts to melt away another shower falls and all that can be done is to put the kettle back on and settle in for another day watching the Winter Olympics.