I have taken the opportunity of a lull between trips away to harvest my vegetable patch and start to declutter our home.
It looks as though I have replaced a mountain of paper with a pile of potatoes, although fortunately the latter are now sacked and stored in the garage rather than piled on a table.
A plum glut has been turned into jam, whilst an overflowing bookcase has been pruned back.
A surplus of apples has been juiced or made into crumbles; a DVD collection has been culled and donated to a local charity shop.
Chipped crockery has been broken further and stored in the greenhouse, ready to provide drainage in next year's plant pots. In the meantime I continue to water this year's pots as I pick the tomatoes and cucumbers from the plants thriving in them.
Beans and courgettes have become our staple diet. I'm also whittling down my wardrobe as it becomes more and more apparent which clothing suits my new life-style in retirement.
Clear floors and surfaces are restoring a feeling of space in our home again and a three-phase plan which will hopefully be evidenced by this blog has been devised:
1. Initial removal of broken or unwanted objects
2. Removal of unused items
3. Complete pruning back to allow room to be emptied and redecorated.
In the garden it is a similar pattern:
1. Harvesting fruit and vegetables
2. Clearing vegetable stalks and heads
3. Digging ready for replanting in the Spring