Yes, we have been living here now for three months, and three wet and windy months they were too. Looking back to what the house and garden were like when we moved in on the 1st December, I can see that we have made progress, but I can also see how much there is still left to do.
I have spent most of the time just cutting back and tidying up, so that all the thousands of spring bulbs can come up and shine.
The woodland path is lined with daffodils now.
I seem to have many different varieties in various combinations of yellow, white and orange, but these are my favourites so far. Neither tall and brash like the yellow trumpets, nor tiny like the ‘Tete a tete’, they have elegant flowers with slightly reflexed yellow petals and a darker, orange trumpet.
Some crocuses have been appearing, but they don’t cope well with the strong winds and rain, so don’t last long. Maybe if spring had been later, they might have emerged after the worst of the weather, but everything is so early this year that the flowers are encountering weather they are just not prepared for! I have the odd clump of Dutch crocuses in purple, yellow, and striped blue.
I also have a scattering of the delicate lilac species Crocus tommasinianus.
Today I planted up another patch of garden, this time the bare area where the old rose pergola stood.
I have put in a large flowered shocking pink Cistus which will grow and spread to cover a large area over time, and a Convulvulus cneorum with its lovely silver leaves and white flowers as a bonus really. The three small plants are Lithodora, blue-flowered rockery plants, and I have transplanted some of the little daffodils from somewhere where they were at risk of being trodden on. It doesn’t look much yet, but they should cover the ground nicely in a couple of years.
The other big improvement which has only just been fitted in our first quarter, is a new garage door – one that actually locks…
The old door was pale blue-green to match the windows, and I was worried that the new one (available in lots of colours, none of them blue/green) would look wrong. I am pleasantly surprised – the cream matches the window ledges and the other, rendered side of the house, and looks like it was always there. We have also painted our two little wooden tubs – I think they look very smart by the front door.
So, after three months, we are feeling very at home here. I have joined the gardening club and the walking club. I volunteer in the community shop. We attended the village quiz night, and have dined in the local pub.
Life is a little different to before. Our daily chores now involve re-laying the fire in the log-burner, refreshing the flower vases, and re-filling the bird feeders. Our weekend walks have included the beaches, the coast path, the banks of the estuaries, the rocky headlands and the woods. We have explored Ilfracombe, Braunton, Barnstaple and Bideford.
But we still haven’t explored Exmoor, which is something we want to spend time doing, and we haven’t yet ventured to Exeter, our nearest city. So much to do, so little time…
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