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  1. Bless your heart! It's the simplest things on this earth that are the most precious. I am so proud of you and where you are now, 12 months later.

  2. I feel like this is such a cliche thing to say on blogs, but this post came along at just the right time. Just yesterday I was feeling so despairing about the slow progress we are making on our home renovations, and how much work there still is to be done. Time and money prevent us from getting it all done at once, and sometimes I negate all the little steps we've made.

  3. You said, "When we do not recognise that every teeny weeny teeny step towards our domestic goals are steps in the right direction."
    And I love that. Small steps are important, but sometimes it seems we're backing up more than we're advancing. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. You said, "When we do not recognise that every teeny weeny teeny step towards our domestic goals are steps in the right direction."
    And I love that. Small steps are important, but sometimes it seems we're backing up more than we're advancing. Thanks for the encouragement.

  5. Hello! I've been lurking on your blog for awhile…love your writing! Today's entry was perfect timing for me. Thank you for your honesty. Cheryl

  6. Alison, I think you (and others) would enjoy "Gardening down a rabbit hole" by Josephine Saxton (not in print, but available used on Amazon) It's about gardening in a truly tiny space, as opposed to the much larger gardens that so many books irritatingly refer to as "small".

  7. Alison, I think you (and others) would enjoy "Gardening down a rabbit hole" by Josephine Saxton (not in print, but available used on Amazon) It's about gardening in a truly tiny space, as opposed to the much larger gardens that so many books irritatingly refer to as "small".

  8. Ahhh, perfect timing! Spent the morning transplanting hostas, took a bath and two naproxen, then went to your blog for a little treat. You helped me understand myself. Understand why I got such deep satisfaction from these small changes in my back yard. Tonight, and tomorrow too, as I stretch sore muscles, I will remember your wise words and feel accomplished. Thanks ever so much.

  9. Ahhh, perfect timing! Spent the morning transplanting hostas, took a bath and two naproxen, then went to your blog for a little treat. You helped me understand myself. Understand why I got such deep satisfaction from these small changes in my back yard. Tonight, and tomorrow too, as I stretch sore muscles, I will remember your wise words and feel accomplished. Thanks ever so much.

  10. What we have to "show" for our efforts isn't always tangible. My own impression is that compared to a year ago, you're now a lot more honest with yourself and are finally asking yourself some difficult questions that really needed to be formed. Even if it's because outside circumstances pushed you to do it, you're now requiring more of yourself. Reading your earliest posts, it sometimes seemed to me that you weren't really facing up to things that were too unpleasant to consider. For example, you would occasionally comment that you'd never gotten married because the two of you just "never got around to it;" however, you certainly seemed to find plenty of time to travel to other people's weddings. You don't seem to go into that type of evasive thinking anymore, and if you've really gotten down to the nitty-gritty of facing unpleasant truths, that's a monumental accomplishment that you have to "show" for your efforts. The courage to own up to who/what we really are and the recognition of how we've actively created both our successes and failures can't be measured by the the weedy garden or the crumbling house (thank goodness). However, what you will have to "show" are great new relationships, improved old ones, discarded dysfunctional ones, and a deepened happiness with your own company (even without the drinks and violet cremes). And, as always, your gain is Finn's as well, which is truly the icing on the cake.

  11. How apt that you have taken to gardening, as you are blossoming and growing so beautifully.

  12. glad to hear that the garden is coming along, I too have a small garden, that I've started from scratch this year, it is very satisfying to watch it take shape, with a loony labrador helping !!!!!! and bringing flowers for you to plant, that you really did not want, and the kitchen floor does not stand a chance, but it's all good fun!

  13. glad to hear that the garden is coming along, I too have a small garden, that I've started from scratch this year, it is very satisfying to watch it take shape, with a loony labrador helping !!!!!! and bringing flowers for you to plant, that you really did not want, and the kitchen floor does not stand a chance, but it's all good fun!

  14. Beautiful post… Unfortunately, I live in Greensburg Kansas and a tornado wiped away my budding garden…along with my house… I will have to wait to find a new place and start over!

  15. Beautiful post… Unfortunately, I live in Greensburg Kansas and a tornado wiped away my budding garden…along with my house… I will have to wait to find a new place and start over!

  16. Alison, I just wanted to say thank you. Without sounding corny, your post is just what I needed. Belive me, sometimes we can all have a weedy garden or a broken window pane and just grow complacent and not do anything about it without really knowing. It does not take a relationship break down to realise it, what I needed was your post and a good think! Have not stopped cleaning all day. I used to have primulas and miss them so much, that I must rush out and buy some. Nothing like soil on your bare hands and a good excuse to put some yummy Cath Kidston hand cream on them afterwards. I can't thank you enough for opening up my eyes again.

  17. Those plant pots are absolutely gorgeous. I'm stealing a moment while at work to visit you. Hope you are enjoying your little bloggy break – I have had a blogging break (unintentional) for over a month and I miss it but at the same time have got so much done!! hehe

  18. Those plant pots are absolutely gorgeous. I'm stealing a moment while at work to visit you. Hope you are enjoying your little bloggy break – I have had a blogging break (unintentional) for over a month and I miss it but at the same time have got so much done!! hehe

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