It's good to know you're still around Jro though I'm really sorry to learn about your neighbour problems. It must be so dispiriting. Hope the weather improves soon to cheer you up and warm your bones.
I haven't done much gardening this year either as i've been getting new feet. Last year I lost a few months to surgery for a slipped disk in my neck and this year i've needed both feet fixing so, apart from some seed sowing and potting on I haven't done much except for a two week gap at Easter between getting the oprthopedic boot off the right foot and having the same op on the left.
Next is lots of physio to teach my toes to bend again and walk properly. I've discovered you can't put on boots and shoes with non bendy toes so am living in flip flops. Not good for weeding nettles or digging or doing anything when it's thi s cold. When it's all over I'm going to hang my crutches on a wall like crossed swords and then display my selection of 3 different orthopaedic boots in the gaps.
All this means the weeds are rampant and i've don elots of embroidery while blobbing on the sofa. I can at least drive now so am no longer housebound and have been doing garden group meetings and a plant sale and I hope to be back in full gardening and dog walking mode by this summer and dancing again in September. We've started work on our barn and have a lovely new garden shed which needs painting and shelving and filling and maybe some new beds in front.
Went to Chelsea with my scientists and a wheelchair and had a great, but exhausting time. Found it a bit dull for a special centenary show but loved the planting and sculptures in Chris Beardshaw's garden and the use of space and plants in the Homebase garden. The Stoke garden was clever too but, generally, I found the planting and design in the artisanal and fresh gardens far more interesting than in the big show gardens. The floral marquee was, as always, brilliant.
I hope all goes well for the A levels. Possum is doing her baccalauerat in 11 subjects but is dithering about what to do at university. It was going to be ancient history and archaeology but now she thinks maybe languages...........
Two grandchildren. Yikes! Lots of changes.