The last year has been a time of reflection. I have really worked on self-care strategies, and learnt to tune in to what is working and what is not working for me.
I have concluded that I love gardening, and I love writing, and I love taking photographs, but blogging is no longer feasible, with my other commitments.
I won’t be writing any more posts on this site, but I will be posting pictures and short thoughts on Instagram. That feels more achievable, and I am really looking forward to the growing season ahead.
This will include my adventures in growing food alongside flowers.
I have ambitions for beetroot, chard, leeks, kale and cabbages amongst the geraniums and roses. There will be roots and potatoes, pumpkins and courgettes in the raised beds. There will be raspberries and loganberries in the bright border. And there will be tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and basil in pots on the patio, strawberries and blackberries in hanging baskets.
For now I am bud-watching. Apricot is the first, but it will be followed by peach, plum, cherry, pear, apple and quince.
I would love to see you over on Instagram (you can find me by searching ‘Ali The Mindful Gardener’, or Alison Battye)
If Instagram is not your thing, I would like to thank you for your support over the last 3 years of blogging. I have really enjoyed taking and sharing photos, and writing about what I love. I have been inspired by other bloggers, and one or two are now firm friends.
I will leave this site up for as long as I get regular views, so do feel free to explore past posts. There are categories including ‘rose garden’, ‘bright border’ and ‘cutting patch’ if you have an interest in these areas. There’s a search bar if you ever want to find specific plants or varieties. You will find lots of different roses, dahlias, tulips, peonies, geraniums, and other spring bulbs, perennials and annuals.
I wish you all the very best in your gardening adventures. It is the best thing you can do for your self-care, with benefits for mind and body. If you need convincing, then explore the ‘Little Pops of Wonder’ category from the main menu!
As some of you know, my day-time job is a speech and language therapist. I have just finished writing a book entitled ‘Self-Care for Allied Health Professionals’, which will be published by Routledge later in the year. In my book and in this blog, have written about tuning in, connecting with the world around us and finding flow, purpose and meaning. I view this site as being a complete work, just as my book is, and I hope that you will continue to enjoy it.