Happy Birthday To me! 21 feels so old. Sometimes I feel like I’m wasting my life not doing anything, but the garden is my focus at the moment. Following the Dig for Victory book advice and trying not to burn myself out by doing too much, but it looks really good at the moment. I’ve dug over both the flowerbeds hadn’t been touched in years. The house was empty for 2 years before we moved in, the woman who lived here before that didn’t really try, and we didn’t do anything with them last year. It was mostly dandelions and scrubby grass. The more I dig, though, the easier it gets. I found this blog, where somebody’s following the Dig for Victory book week by week, pretty interesting, but they look like they’ve been gardening a lot longer than me. Maybe I should try it next year! It was supposed to be for beginners after all. I’m thinking of digging an extra bed and maybe raising it up, for herbs and vegetables and the like.

So. For my biirthday I got two trees from Grandma and Granddad (apple and pear), a notebook from Jenny, based on the same Japanese theme she’s been following since I was 10, chickens from mum, chocolate from Terence and sweets and curry from Tera (Dinner tonight and every night :D! <3) We went out yesterday and bought a cake but haven’t eaten it yet.

Grandma and Granddad took us to the garden center today, I didn’t know Granddad’s car had back seats. xD Mum bought flowers and flowers and a little greenhouse, I got spinach and onions and cabbage plants. Oh and lots of lavender. And a strawberry plant. I wanted peppermint but they didn’t have the right sort.

If I just had a garden full of lavender I’d probably be happy, but vegetables look fun to grow too. On that thought, I should probably go back downstairs and fill the greenhouse, it might be frosty tonight.

Flowers… A few are nice but I don’t really see the point. Roses are pretty cool, built in garden defence and they stick around a long time, the ones in the garden right now are probably 80yrs old, gotta respect that. Lavender is useful and it smells awesome all year round, even when it doesn’t have flowers. You can distill the flowers into oil if you’re really into that kinda thing and it attracts the right bugs to the garden. Bedding flowers… Die or look like weeds for the rest of the year. It makes her happy though, so I’ll just have to have my little corner and she’ll take over the rest but make me maintain it. -_-;

But yes! The chicken coop has been ordered, the chicken lady has been contacted! Coop should arrive on the 27th (ish) and then we can phone the lady and she’ll sort out the chickens and deliver them in around 3 weeks.  It’s pictures like this that give me hope.

List of things!

Coop (tick)
5 chickens (half tick)
Chicken Feed (Feedstore)
Chicken Grit (Feedstore)
Sawdust – Easibed looks like the choice (Feedstore)
Hay (Feedstore)
Woodchippings for the ground (B&Q or maybe feedstore)
Feeder (Feedstore or Amazon)
Waterer (maybe x2 for feeder/waterer, one for inside and out) (Feedstore or Amazon)
Run-Toy (Pet Shop)
Book on wtf to do with chickens (3 ticks)

Wheelbarrow (Amazon? Argos?)
Shovel (I should have bought this today, also a garden fork and a trowel would be nice)

I’ve been following all the politics threads and everything, it’s actually really interesting. Just wanted to see who I should vote for to start with, but I’ve really gotten into it. But I’ll hush. Threw up a couple of updated maps of YearlingMirror, so back to that.

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