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  • Writer's pictureAnna Mould

Planting seeds for a future harvest

Over the last few weeks, as the season has turned, I have made an effort to start "sorting out" my garden. When we moved house in March, I inherited not just a back garden, but a front garden too (be careful what you wish for!). There are some beautiful established plants - agapanthus, roses, fuchsias, as well as fruit trees, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb... just wonderful. Naturally, I have planted some little things of my own - rosemary and lavender but am still learning the ropes when it comes to maintaining two gardens. I have always loved planting things and waiting to see what happens - sometimes things work out well, other times... well, they don't. I have been busy weeding, and planting bulbs and seeds ready for next spring, hoping that what I sow now will give a beautiful, colourful reward next year...

Over recent years, I have learnt that I too need to "sort myself out" for the winter. I need to prepare for a hibernation of sorts. I need more quiet time, more rest time. I need to plan my weeks to ensure I have time at home to do nothing. I have to remind myself that I can't be as productive and creative as I am over spring and summer months, and to not push myself to do so. I have booked myself a week off work in November and in February, as I know if I don't, I will be exhausted.

It is also a time for storing creative seeds ready for spring, when I know I can give them the attention they deserve. I read a lot over winter, and ideas come that could flourish into something magical... when the time is right. So, I note them down, jot ideas and thoughts ready for when I can really develop them further; when I have the energy to pursue them fully and wholeheartedly.

Now is the time to make the preparations. To start cosying my retreat, digging out the jumpers and woolly tights. Readying my nest, so to speak.

Just like in nature, we cannot blossom all year round.

Does this resonate with you? Do you feel the call to "hibernate"? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

With much love, as always,

Anna x x

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