A Gardener’s Diary – 3rd Feb

Cold, wet, windy. My five minutes in the garden today was all too brief. I’ll do ten minutes tomorrow I tell myself. Sitting indoors with a hot mug of tea, and watching the early stages of the Winter Olympics on TV, Curling and Ice Hockey, I’m wracked with guilt that I could and indeed should,Continue reading “A Gardener’s Diary – 3rd Feb”

A Gardener’s Diary – 1st Feb

It’s my own fault. Who in their right mind would try and rake up leaves as the wind blows? The sun was shining this morning. The temperature is a balmy +11C and significantly higher than it has been of late. My enthusiasm to get out into the garden made me overlook some basic’s such asContinue reading “A Gardener’s Diary – 1st Feb”

A Gardener’s Diary – 31st Jan

A gardener’s diary can be started on any day. The garden evolves throughout the year and any day would be a good starting point. The last day of January works for me given a break in the cold, frosty weather. The sun is shining though the ground remains cold and hard. Dare I suggest thatContinue reading “A Gardener’s Diary – 31st Jan”

A window to a world outside …

When the rain falls. When the winds blow. When snow is seen in the icy cold wind, blowing relentlessly from the north. There is no possibility of a wheelchair user to engage with anything outdoors. Supporting a reluctant person with special needs when every little detail, every activity is anticipated with fear, we pray thatContinue reading “A window to a world outside …”

Christmas is coming …

… and our planning and preparation is in full swing. Those with autism can have a difficult time enjoying the excitement of Christmas festivities. Our son is no different. The basis of this discomfort is the need for routine. Surprises such as gifts challenge the principles of routine and can build a sense of fearContinue reading “Christmas is coming …”