Having read a recent post on my sister’s blog (Helen at Home), I have realised that I am suffering from two distinct separate diseases (oops, tautology alert!). She wrote a wonderful post about their garden and included a mention of their cat - William. I then realised how much I miss having feline company, and have actually been suffering from Cat Deprivation Syndrome (CDS) for the last twelve years. This is because I have always lived in rented accommodation where pets are banned.
This got me thinking about the fact that I have also been suffering from GDS - Garden Deprivation Syndrome for an equal amount of time. The latter is a very serious disease as it leads to all sorts of problems including:
- Being very restricted on the plants you can grow
- By far the most serious one; of having to grow all of your favourite plants in containers, and having to move entire truckloads of them when you move house!
- Not being able to plant a hedge
- Having hundreds of unused packets of seeds stored systematically in a shoebox and deteriorating year by year
- Not having a lawn to sit on in summer - even a bumpy one full of daisies
- Not being able to put up nest boxes for bird and bats and bees
- Owning mounds and mounds of gardening magazines to help combat the frustration
- Not being able to host a BBQ or garden party
- Being jealous of the entire family!
We may have found a cure for this second disease (maybe even the first - but Mark has to agree to us getting two kittens first), in that the new house happens to come with a garden! Not a very big garden mind, but my first bit of soil. I can actually put plants in the ground - I even quiver at the thought. Watch this space for garden postings when we have actually moved...