What an exciting title! But it's just what I've been doing today. Getting up-to-date with the accounts is a job I hate. I'm not an accountant, and figures (however black they may be) do not excite me. I sent off loads of VAT receipts today - I can't believe how long it all takes to do. If I did more business than I already do I'm not sure how I could cope without help! Time is my scarce resource.
Both my front and back gardens are swamp-like. Moss has taken over, and it squelches when you walk on it. I was given advice to aerate the soil with a rather expensive hoe with two plastic tubes at each end that suck out two cylinders of soil so that you can pour some sand down there and let the worms do their work! A very environmentally friendly way of doing it! But just in case that ends up taking several years, I bought some moss and weed killer too. I spent 5 minutes making the holes, and hours filling them in with sand - I've only done half. The sand was wet so I had to prod it down with my finger on each one. Then it started to rain. A few worms popped up to say hello though, so I know they're down there. Do worms ever sleep?
My plan was to fill in my pond. It is dark, sludgy and not attractive. Without it, or with a new one in a different location, my garden would appear a lot more spacious. Sadly, since I have moved in, it has become the home to - wait for it - 11 frogs! Adult ones at that, and the surface area of the pond isn't even the area of a dining table. I don't know what they live on, but they're all busy humping at the moment (well, 10 are - the 11th is just waiting for an 'opportunity'!). It's a bit of a problem because I don't want to make them homeless, so I'm not sure what they best thing is to do - do I put them in a bucket of water and move them to the nearby nature reserve then quickly fill the pond in before they return? When do they lay their frogspawn?
I saw some nice fountain features at the garden centre. A resin log which water flows down is nice, but I also saw a very whethered looking lion's face in real stone on a stand where water pours from its mouth, with a light in the bowl. Neither are cheap (why are they so dear?) but I'll think about getting them in spring. I'll need power all over the garden, so can't go too mad aerating when that's done!
I've finally got over my cold today. The signs kicked in on Saturday, peaked on Sunday, and has slowly buggered off through the course of this week. It's the first cold I've had in about 2 years and it totally knocked me for six. Bloody thing.
I'm back on with the AVG free antivirus again. For a few months it popped up saying it wouldn't be supported from Feb 18th, but I discovered you can still download a free version from their site.