Goodbye, garden.

Well, I can’t keep the news to myself any longer: we’re leaving. Leaving this place that we love, where we have worked hard, played hard and enjoyed life to the full over the last two years. The reasons are beyond our control (and beyond boring) but the fact is that in a few days’ time we will be leaving the house and garden in the care of new owners and moving back to Blighty.

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It feels sad to be saying goodbye to the garden: I’ve had so much fun spending my days in the veg patch and sharing the ups and downs in this blog. Still – like Wallace and Grommit –  we’ve had a Grand Adventure, met some wonderful people and learnt lots about ourselves and life in general. We are taking away more happy memories than we can shake a stick at.

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The next adventure? Well, it’s back to our native Shropshire for the first time in 20 years and a patch of ground tucked away in a sheltered valley where the hills roll gently into Wales. The garden is a blank canvas (by which I mean the ‘veg patch’ is currently a paddock . . . ) so there’s plenty to be done and we’re looking forward to getting stuck in. I hope to keep on blogging, almost certainly with even muddier boots given the Welsh Marches climate!

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In the meantime, there is nothing left to do but enjoy the last moments of colour, wildlife and harvest in the garden.

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Goodbye, French garden – au revoir et adieu.

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13 thoughts on “Goodbye, garden.

  1. Sorry to hear you’re leaving your wonderful house and garden. Hope the new paddock will soon look as good! Are you having it ploughed over to save yourself some digging? Good luck with the move and cultural readjustment!

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    • Thanks! It is a bit heartbreaking as we’d hoped for 5 years here but it wasn’t to be. Looking forward to the new project though, we’re planning to plant an orchard and woodland on part of the paddock so the rest will be a spade and rotovator job! Will miss the sunshine and wine but at least we will have full water butts and decent tea to look forward to again . . . 🙂

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  2. Best of luck on your new venture, we are really looking forward to follow you adventure in the UK. Please continue the blog, everything you do on the gardening front is so interesting

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    • Thank you for your kind comments. I hope to have time to continue blogging despite going back to full-time work, somehow I don’t think aubergines and sunflowers will play quite such a starring role in our new garden! Wish I could bottle some French sunshine to take with us . . . 🙂

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  3. I know its sad to lose a garden but moving to a blank canvas must be so exciting. My dream would be start my own orchard and woodland, and have the space for a poly tunnel. Good luck with it all

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    • Thanks! Another polytunnel is definitely on the cards if we can find a flat enough space for one. I’m hoping to stay long enough to watch the orchard and woodland grow this time! 🙂

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  4. Lovely photos, and demonstrated the difference in climate. and love the idea of an orchard, just wish I had space

    Please keep on blogging as time permits

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    • Thank you, I will try. I’ve really enjoyed keeping a blog here and it’s been lovely to be part of the Vegblog community, so many great people and brilliant ideas.

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  5. That is so sad – how on earth can you bare to leave the garden it looks like paradise! I do love that combo sunflower, echinops and what looks like montbretia – very nice. I hope you keep blogging I’ll look forward to the transformation of the paddock.

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    • It feels very sad, but I know that this time next week we’ll be looking at our new patch with excited eyes. I’ll continue to follow your French garden with interest and more than a little longing . . .

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  6. Your pictures are most exquisite! You have cultivated a superb garden with stunning flowers and lovely home grown vegetables!

    As the saying goes. . As one door closes… Another opens… and with that another adventure of gardening!

    I would be so proud to have your garden, the flowers are simply stunning.
    Good luck in your new garden venture and welcome back to the sunshining island of the UK.

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    • Thank you so much! I know it will feel good to be home once the move is behind us and we’ll be itching to get started – forget unpacking, let’s garden! Our new patch lends itself to a very cottagey look so I’m planning flowers absolutely everywhere once again! 🙂

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  7. Your photos are splendid, what excellent gardeners you must be. It will be very hard for you to leave such a beautiful garden, especially after all the love and attention you have lavished on it but I am sure you will leave it in good hands when you go back home. I trust that your Shropshire garden will hold as much excitement and joy as the current one has. Be happy! 🙂

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