Well writing has not been on the agenda much this week – it has been all about the sunshine. After the start to the year, that UK has had, anyone with a garden would have had to put it first, or high on the agenda. Even if one was a gardener who didn’t mind the cold winds and rain, there is little one can usefully do until everything dries a little. I am not one of those, I am a fair weather gardener. My garden, however, is very much a British garden.
It’s all – ‘Come on chaps, are we going to let a little rain stop us? Cold? You youngsters don’t know what cold is, why my grandfather used to tell me tales of the 47 winter that would make your roots curl!’
Huh – while I have been missing, it has romped away.
This is supposed to be a raspberry patch with strawberry underplanting! ‘Tis pretty tho’
So as part of Alberta’s triathlon, gardening has been playing an extreme role. It has been cardiovascular – arms above ahead (loping trees), muscle building – tug of war stuff (perennial roots) salsa like – as I have danced around trying to detangle myself from wild roses and certainly bending and stretching has figured, as I have sanded and repainted the woodwork on outside of garden room, and bedroom windows (south facing it’s an annual job) all before breakfast! – its only a step to the bike set up.
Well, it took some doing but I can now cycle for a minute each day! Had to go back to shop, get very basic instructions as to how these things worked. Took a couple of hours, but then there was a snag, isn’t there always? ‘Tis a big bike, with befits my frame, and back in the days when I rode it out on the roads, I would tilt it to one side to mount it – no longer is this possible – it does not tilt:) The idea is to increase mobility and strength into my arthritic knees –they do not move easily in any direction, let alone upwards and over:)
So, with the aid of a concrete plinth from the garden and a wooden footstool on top of that, I clamber aboard. To dismount, I have pulled the marble topped table close enough so that I can lean on it, to slither down, carefully to the footstool then the plinth then the ground. It takes longer to get on and off than I can actually manage to exercise! But hey, Heath Robinson eat your heart out:) 2 of the A’s-tri. The dog walk in the sunshine is almost a pleasure in contrast.
So apart from grappling with nature what have I achieved this week
1 I have prepared but not uplifted (yet) 6 blogs for my 4 blog sites.
2 Found some great pictures for new trailer for Storyteller
3 Begun working on the music of Storyteller trailer (am not sure I am on right track with these trailers- so if anyone can spare the time to see Ellen’s Tale and leave comment
4 Am completely ready to go for Juno next week
5 Have kept up with story a day, but has been an effort some days
6 Researched places to stay for research trip in September and almost ready to book
7 Dismal failure on networking, Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn etc sorry everyone (but did manage to visit 31 ROW’ers last Sunday/Monday before the week begun, and just about kept up with Triberr)
8 Continuing with reading TWJ – and have begun Game of Thrones (not into yet)
Next week I must get well ahead on blogs before JuNo begins at end of week – ditto the networking. JuNo complicated a bit as have guests staying over the Bank Holiday so might not be able to get ahead on word count – will see – if weather remains nice they will be off to the sea:)
Hope everyone has had a good week and all the best for coming one.