Friday, 6 March 2009
'Dust If You Must!'
'Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?'
- well this has always been my mantra as far as housework is concerned but after spring cleaning my greenhouse, I have decided that I had neglected this task for too long. It's probably been a couple of years since I did this job thoroughly I am ashamed to say and all sorts of debris was lurking in the depths. Myriads of labels, squashed pots, my long lost dibber and gigantic spiders were unearthed. I had to resist the urge to scream on disturbing the spiders, as himself was indoors asleep having worked a night shift. I eventually worked my way to the back of the greenhouse where there is an old sink which himself thoughtfully installed. The idea was that I could use this for potting up but somehow it never worked out. Instead it has been an area where I shove various bits and bobs such as twine, old jars, some cane top protectors etc. Turfing everything out I discovered an old bamboo tray, which to my surprise contained a bird's nest complete with the remnants of an egg. I have been wondering since whether Mama Bird and I were both coming and going into the greenhouse last spring and if so how
we never met !
Postcript - the above is just one verse from a poem the rest of which can be seen here.