Garden, gone.

That time has come, we are having to say goodbye to our garden.
And just when nature seems to have discovered our little eden.

There are all manner of friendly, helpful insects making a home here.

Sadly our letting agency is rather greedy and have put our rents up (well above inflation rates) for the second year running. In the same week our good friend [more like a sister] told us she is leaving her job and returning to her hometown to care for her father.

She offered us her apartment at the cost of her monthly mortgage payments, crazy cheap. There is a small outside space, but it isn’t suitable to growing much more than a few pots of fruit and veg.

She’s basically packing her clothes and most treasured sentimental items and is leaving everything else. Which means it is fully furnished.

We decided to sell all of our furniture, to raise funds to clear our debts faster. That’s also the reason we couldn’t turn down her offer. Not to mention the fact that I’d rather pay to help family and friends than some faceless stranger via a heartless company.

Well, that faceless stranger gained a face last night. Our landlord came with a letting agent to view our furniture (on our invitation). He agreed to buy the whole lot and for a few hundred more than the minimum we had hoped for.

Such an amazing, bliss-filling feeling. Having a huge injection of cash, having shed the ownership of so much stuff and having not to worry about moving so many large items.

He did want us to include most of the pots and plants, which only made me happy to think there’s a slim chance of our garden surviving. I know there’s every chance the new tenants will not care or want for a garden, but at least the bugs have a  slim chance now.

Here’s to the next chapter on our adventure.

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Home from Home

So, I am off to the UK for a month.

This has put some extra strain on our dwindling funds. Needing time off and costs and cost-of-living in England being much higher. No complaints though, I am happy to spend some much need and overdue time with my folks.

My partner is in charge of watering plants, but am delaying planting new seeds until my return. I have a few things to share but keep forgetting what I have and haven’t posted.

The most exciting thing is the transformation of our barren terrace, full of cement and dust and stone, into a mini-Eden. We’ve got some flowers in to attract insects, we now have some spiders and beetles in residence and get daily visits from bees. We’ve put out bird seed and get frequent visits from a local bird similar to Blue Tits, Sparrows and a female Black Bird.

I’ve given up on home-made soap, it costs more money and time than supporting a local small business. I’d put tinfoil/card insulators behind the radiators during the early winter, before switching heating off.

What else did I need to say?

I’ve still to properly hang the bat boxes and we are now looking to make a bird bath and some bird houses. We’re willing to have more wildlife friendly plants and flowers until we become better at growing crops.

We’ve found some of the funds we needed but are still too short. Sorry to end on a negative note, but I best get back to packing.

Not wanting to end there, here’s some photos I’ve not yet shared: