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happymarion

Awww TY chicky.  To continue my reminiscences it was not just the wild animals that bring back the smiles and tears.  About forty years ago we used to "borrow" a nanny goat in the summer to keep the grass down for playing football.  She escaped her tether one day and I spent the rest of the day after bringing her back to the garden searching for well grown wallflower plants in the local shops to replace the ones she had eaten in the neighbours' gardens.  She delighted in butting the youngest, then two, who would come running into the kitchen dusting off his clothes and spitting out "I hate that Jenny".  A hug and a cake would sort it out and a warning to keep away.

But then i have much more welcome visitors.  My garden is stuffed with trees and shrubs now - no grass but oodles of fruit and veg and flowers.  Which means loads of safe places for the birds who love the delights like grapes they can find here and are not at all fazed by the six or so cats which visit from the seven neighbouring gardens that abound mine.  Some I know the name of and can get to do roll over tricks and pose for my camera, some I just make up names for.  Most are very happy to sit on a path in the sunshine and keep me company as I garden.  They all stay away when the little white Scots terrier visits with the club of church ladies who visit in the spring.  He is allowed to go round smelling the flowers which he loves to do.  He is very fond of forget me nots which of course makes him unforgettable too.

LesleyK

Your thread has been a delight Marion and I've loved your stories and photos.  Looking forward to seeing your 2015 garden.  Happy New Year

Busy-Lizzie

Thank you, Marion. Your thread has been a delight. I'll miss it next year, or can you think of a reason for doing another one? Please!

Busy-Lizzie

I'm a slower typist than Lesley! We said almost the same thing.

Happy New Year

happymarion

Yes 2015 thread all sorted as it is Bristol's Year as Green Capital of Europe, Busy-Lizzie.  It will start tomorrow.  I think I will call it My Garden in Bristol's Year as Green Capital of Europe, 2015. or something similar.

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happymarion

I have just tidied up a bit in the garden, very leisurely as I was ruminating on the changes there have been since it was first built in 1928 by a young man who self built the bungalow, then only four small rooms and the garden from a corner of the farmer's field, hence the name of the bungalow, "Springfield" as it was built on the spring field.  The builder emigrated to Australia a few years after and the army major who bought it was in a wheelchair and so had his gardener make nine serried ranks of concrete paths , all parallel, across the middle of the garden, now almost invisible as I have filled the beds with shrubs and roses and alpines and - you name it, I have it somewhere and the edges are all blurred by the spilling foliage and flowers.  We bought the bungalow from the major's gardener and housekeeper to whom it was left.  He had built a lean -to kitchen on the back, a garage where the pig sty had been, a very large drawing room with French doors opening on to the garden and put silk oak flooring in the hall. He also had put a floor and lighting in the loft for storage and a pullup folding ladder to reach it.  His gardener had extended the orchard and grew masses of strawberries and herbs for the housekeeper.  The major died in 1964 and then we moved in with 4 children and another on the way.  The garden seemed big enough to suit the whole family, always a quiet spot for the pram, old trees to make tree houses, corners for "Shops" and "museums" or just dens, grass to camp out on in tents with friends, loam enough to feed us all and masses of fruit.  What changes it has seen since then - seven children all grown up, seven grandchildren nearly all grown up.

Thank you Marion for your thread-I have so enjoyed reading your posts. Today was my last day of working as a catering manager after 38 years in the business-I was made redundant by the company I worked for back in December last year, and we have finally closed today. I am looking forward to spending loads of time in my garden, and reading about the things you have done with your plot have inspired me to make my garden 'pay its way' as much as possible. I think that it is quite apt to be 'retiring' on the 31st December-a new start tomorrow!

I'm sure I shall enjoy your new thread just as much!

Happy New Year, to you and everyone on this site!!

happymarion

Happy New year and a very happy retirement. Linda.  I retired at 29 to start my large family, then at 60 from my being a landlady of flats, then at 75 from boarding French children in the summer and students in the winter and then at 85 from being a volunteer at the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden and, as I am still a "Nation of Gardeners" participant for Mr, Fothergills seeds no doubt have one more retirement to make!  The produce from the garden certainly helps with the budget and the exercise keeps you fit.

Lyn

I have really enjoyed your thread Marion, and these closing posts are lovely.  I am transported back in time and can see your children all doing their own thing in the garden.

I am so looking forward to reading the next one. 

Its like chapters in a book.

flumpy1

Hi Marion, just catching up on your thread, so glad you've got your new freezer, new freezer for the new year , it's been a hard cold three days of getting up early and scraping windows, I'm too tired to do anything tonight.

well Marion I'm looking forward to writing to you in your new thread in the new year, but want to thank you for all your good advice this year and have enjoyed reading and looking at all your wonderful pictures over the year, I want to wish you the very best for the new year  

happymarion

Aww, flumpy1, it has been lovely having your company on the thread.  i was so glad you grew some nice tomatoes. More new veg for you to try next year I hope.  Soon be time to close this one so I am wishing you all a Happy New Year with lots of good gardening weather and plentiful crops.

flumpy1
Thankyou Happy Marion your an inspiration to us all
flumpy1
Happy New Year

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