Winter Wonderland

The first snow of the year arrived on Saturday night.  On Sunday, we IMG_2389opened our bleary eyes  to one of those slightly muffled-feeling mornings which seem to accompany the white stuff.  The children were eager to get outside and play, though my daughter didn’t last long in the cold.  While the weather forecast predicted snow again later in the week, it hasn’t appeared and, what we had on Saturday night has now mostly melted.  Today there are just a few icy patches scattered about and I’m thinking about how surely it won’t be long until the snowdrops I planted will appear and then the daffodils.

Tools of the Trade

Every gardener needs a few essential tools.  These are the ones that I use the most:

Spade – I actually have two.  I bought one myself, years ago, the other was inherited from my Dad.  It is around forty years old and he was eager to pass it onto me as he was using it less frequently.  There is something a bit special about inheriting old tools and the handle has a smooth lived-in feel, the blade is narrower than on my other spade.  Perfect

Fork – I sometimes use this instead of a spade if I’m digging in stony ground, for example.  However, I actually prefer one or other of my spades.

Trowel – I have a good quality stainless steel trowel and I use it for planting bulbs and, instead of my spades on occasion.

Wheelbarrow – my Father-in-Law gave Dan and me this wheelbarrow.  He’s a builder and this is a proper builder’s barrow, designed to withstand Winter and heavy-load carrying.