April 2022 Problems, New and Old!

April 2022 Problems, New and Old!

April is the mad rush to get things going ready for the plot if one isn’t blessed with a heated greenhouse! My small plastic grow thing in the garden is not enough protection for a hard frost but if I keep an eye on the forecast and fleece to hand, it is a useful spot. I have a cold frame too, as of this year, so I’m getting things going in that but it’s all trial and error at the moment.

My new problem is how to keep it all going now that I have to go away for a week. I’m madly potting on into pots slightly larger than I’d usually use as they’ll hold more water but that could be an issue if the weather turns or through over watering. I just don’t want to risk rotting off my babies.

I’m also concerned as I’ll put them outside so that if they look awfully dry my neighbours can help out… if it is awfully wet they will no doubt be eaten as the slugs are waking in this warm weather and they can move over the hardstanding more comfortably in the damp.

Why am I off at such a mad busy time of year? My boy Tom left to travel nearly two years ago in a yacht with his best mate. Lock-downs, Brexit, various boat repair issues, and finally running out of the savings saw the boys begin the return journey from North Africa. While at anchor off Capo Carbonara, Sardinia, a storm hit and the boat broke anchor to end up beached.

Luckily nobody was hurt, luckily there was no diesel spillage or any other environmental damage or large fine at this point (fingers crossed it stays that way)… Now it is a road trip to pick up the boys and as much of their stuff as we can carry. This is most definitely a new problem to me, a new challenge and I’m just glad that they are still in Europe so we can help out.

May – Cont…..

As you can tell from the picture above, we made it out to Sardinia. A 2,250 mile round trip in six days. Over mountains (I’m not great with heights!), across seas (10 hours from Genova to Porto Torres). By the time we got down there I didn’t know whether to hug him or hit him!

Sardinia is a fabulous island and I have definitely put it on my list of places to visit again. The boat beached near the town of Villasimius, part of a protected marine reserve and home to sea turtles. The locals were fabulous and donated clothes, food and even a place to stay. I can’t thank them enough.

I’ll finish this with a few photos…

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