Belated Merry Christmas

Belated Merry Christmas

But still in time to say that I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

I have always found this week between Christmas and New Year a reflective time – a time to look back over the previous year and identify areas that need improving.  This extends to all areas of my life, not just the allotment.

This past year has seen me leave a job that I didn’t enjoy to get a part-time position in a local nursery and garden centre while starting the RHS level 2 qualifications.  While I hadn’t planned that this time last year, after much discussion with Mr S, I took the leap of faith and decided to follow my heart.

This year I need to concentrate on learning and this blog/site is part of that learning process. By sharing my learning and research, hopefully it should stick in my brain for exams!

Mr S and I have taken our main holidays now so as to not interfere with exams later in the year so I am writing this from the very wet today mountains of North Carolina (hence the picture).  This is an amazing area of temperate rain forest with a naturally acidic soil so rhododendrons are everywhere, azaleas thrive and there are many mountain laurels.  These are no relation to the laurel but are instead Kalmir latifolia, and are poisonous to ingest but make beautiful railings and were widely used by the native Americans to make spoons.

North Carolina is definitely worth a visit if you enjoy woods and waterfalls, hiking and the outdoors! I’m already looking forward to returning in the future.

A few more days here then off for the madness of New York for the New Year.

Happy 2019!

Lucy xx




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