A fresh wind is blowing through

In typical style for out here on the wild west coast, this week’s storm’s last hurrah is wind!  There are still a few spotty showers, but the wind right now is averaging around 50 km/h with the inevitable stronger gusts.     By this time tomorrow it should be all over or getting that way.  The forecast for tomorrow says ‘Fresh southwesterlies easing.’  Fresh is an interesting choice of words for wind and certainly doesn’t line up with the ‘fresh as a daisy’ expression.  Out here on the coast I would be more inclined to use the word ‘bracing’.  And you really need to brace yourself before heading out.

A gloomy view of the garden.
Aside from the gloomy view, there is still a lot going on in the garden and it will certainly give me plenty to do over the winter months.

Although having said that the bark is often way worse than its bite.  We live in an old, relocated house that we are still very much in the process of doing up (…someone may have spent a little too much of the budget on the garden instead of the house…)  and so, the wind whistles through the nooks and crannies making things seem infinitely worse than they actually are.  The downside of this is you tend to hunker down unnecessarily and are pleasantly surprised when you do venture outdoors.  (Sometimes… But not always)

wong bok
This Wong Bok is what fresh looks like on a grey gloomy day!

These days the garden is a sanctuary from the storms – well as much as it can be.  I have installed and improved the wind breaks to the point now that it has to be a really bad storm for serious, irreparable harm to come to the garden.    Everything has been designed with the worst case in mind.  Although the direction of the wind can have serious implications – the wind straight off the ocean is laden with salt.

rain gauge
After Monday’s 70mm we haven’t really had a lot more, although it has felt damp all week.

Over this last week I have hunkered down and taken care of as much of the computer gardening as I could – the things that needed to be done, had deadlines or other people needing me to do my bit.   So, on this supposedly last day of the storm, I’m at a little bit of a loss as to what to do.  I’m not mad enough to go out and garden – maybe I’m getting soft.  I think my younger self would be right out there getting things done.  I’d like to think it’s wiser not softer.

The strawberry patch will need attention over the coming months. There is much work to be done here.

So here I am at the cusp of a season, so it is the perfect time to make some plans.  I need to do a stock take of all I would like to do this cold season; all I need to do and everything I should have done before.    The list of things that should have been done before is the one that is angst ridden and were once on a ‘things to do now’ list, but time was not kind and they ‘fell off’. They may not be on paper anymore, but I know they are there, waiting to be done.

wildlife pond
The wildlife pond as been on a list of sorts for far too long. I need to get in there and plant all round it and make it lovely before the weeds I cleared settle back in.

Other things have been on the list a long time but waiting for the right conditions, like waiting for the rains to come.  Then there are the ordinary routine things that need to be done to keep the garden moving along and will ultimately make spring easier.  And finally, there are the new things, the exciting things I want to do, which often get to the top of the list not only because of what they are, but there is often a deadline attached.

And then there are the fun things… I have a load of bricks just waiting for something creative to happen.

Thinking about it, the reason a lot of things don’t get crossed off the list is because they are too big – almost too insurmountable.  ‘New irrigation’ or ‘Fix back corner’ makes it feel like I need to set aside a week of sunny days to get the job done.   But if I list all the jobs and then look into them and break them down into smaller lists of tasks that seem doable on their own or at the very least make the insurmountable seem achievable and less daunting.

empty beds
There is always the usual seasonal clear up to remove the detritus from the old growing season and prepare for the next.

The other thing to bear in mind is winter is always thought of as the long slow season.  But when you take into account the days that are too cold and too miserable to do anything useful, the days taken up by other things and if we are being honest the spring preparations start in late winter so that is one less month of winter to spare for projects, there isn’t actually as much time as you would think and it disappears quickly.  The upside of this storm is it has given me a cool season mindset early on and so I will take the next two months of autumn and instead of seeing them not as a lingering and dying summer, but a head start to cool season achievements.   This season I will be starting early instead of dragging my heels as I bemoan the demise of a season I didn’t actually enjoy.  Now is my time to shine.

stormy seas
The ocean provides us with ever changing views and even on a wild day it can be mesmerising.

I’m excited to get started on this list – I feel like I’ve gone from feeling a little lost to motivated and open to a productive turn of events.

Come again soon – this wind will blow over and I’ll be ready for a fresh start.

Sarah the Gardener  : o)

3 thoughts on “A fresh wind is blowing through

  1. I can relate to the insurmountable lists of garden things to accomplish. My lists have sublists! 😀 Sometimes I get really frustrated, as, no matter how much I get done, the list never actually gets shorter because new stuff needs doing. Other times, I feel fairly content, and feel that the garden is looking pretty good. But even then so much is still undone. Instead of feeling horrible about my productivity, I’ve started saying to myself, “I look forward to when I can give that attention.” ☺️

    1. I have made a master list, and am about to work on the sublists. The sublists may also get their own sublists as I’m hoping to make each task as bitesized and manageable as possible so even if I can’t do it all, I’m working towards getting it done. I’ll get there in the end – I just need to fall in line with the rhythm of nature – which is a slow and steady pace! : o)

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