Firstly, the answer to the question posed in my last post, is that 1284 litres of water fell on every square metre of our garden from November 2nd to February 9th, (when our garden was filmed for BBC2 Gardener’s World) in our wettest ever spell. That’s a heck of a lot of rain!
What has been just the last 5 minutes of my whole life hour, has passed with breakneck speed. So very few, earlier, memories from the preceding 55 minutes seem recollectable, in part since my brain seems to be bowing to the inevitable, and beginning to stutter as both hands reach skywards at an accelerating pace.
What a wonderful world we’re fortunate to live in, to constantly inspire my thoughts.
I see from the WordPress stats, page that this is my 150th blog post. There are also now 115 separate pages on the website. And 1,866,000,000 different bytes of data, (a byte is equivalent to the 8 ‘bits’ or numbers of computer language, which code for single numbers or letters), have apparently been uploaded by me onto our website, to capture my random, synapsed and shuttered thoughts, over this period. That’s a scarily BIG number of numbers. And how can these 300 seconds be reduced to mere 1’s and 0’s – or whatever digits are now used in computer speak?
But is getting just the right picture, even more demanding of time and effort than choosing the appropriate words?
Sometimes, I really think it is. And the great thing is, that as the memories fade, one can revisit these thoughts, ideas and images and rediscover the thrill of the initial exploration. Should one feel so inclined, and digital meltdown permitting.
So perhaps an indulgence like this blog, is indeed the perfect form of vanity, to accompany the long-term vanity project that making and tending a garden can easily become. The permissible vanity of the long distance, gardener-blogger, where the effort of a single post achieves extra merit, as being a mere ‘bit’ part of the bigger story, of the longer term struggle.
In skip reviewing these 5 years of posts for this piece, I found one from 29/05/2013, (click here for more) with some wonderful quotes about what gardening can mean and achieve – lifting one above the mundane, and sometimes even glimpsing a higher plane. These moments really do occur for us sometimes – no, even often, in this magical place.Maybe by trying to share some of these personal glimpses, I shift mere selfish record keeping, to a more communal enjoyment?
The above images are from the last 2 weeks, but for those who might have missed some key moments from earlier on, here are a few of my favourite highlights – very few more words for once, (phew), just some images and ideas appropriately compressed into just a few seconds. I hope you enjoy them.