Jonathan: For those who have just arrived – Welcome to the Big Garden Blog! We’ve just moved here to blog.biggarden.co.uk from more spacious accommodation at blogs.biggarden.co.uk. Actually it’s about more than just a very slightly shorter domain name, it’s actually a migration to a full-fledged version of WordPress. The migration required a lot of manual corrections to be made, and at this time that’s mostly about re-assigning categories to each blog, which is a bit of a chore. I’ve given myself until 1 May 2012 to complete all the fixes: that’s when the old blog site will go off-line.
Jonathan: What passes for a holiday here at The Big Garden is typically me tidying up the office, organising my workshop, or re-writing my numerous to-do lists. I suppose for some (probably of the other gender, but these days not necessarily ) the equivalent would be spending the morning in a luxurious bath, followed by lunch with friends in town and an afternoon of being pampered at the hairdresser, nail salon or whatever these things are. Anyway amongst my tidying up of miscellaneous post-its, invoices (paid, thank heavens), notebooks and other bits and bobs (oh so that’s where my sheep-foot trimming knife got to!) I had a quick peek into the blogging office … and found half a dozen blogs either half-started or half-finished (depends on how much sense I could make of them). Well that’ll be a pleasure this afternoon. I think I shall have to post them at dates they were supposed to have been finished. And just look! – Denise has a pile of ‘pending’ blogs too!
Jonathan: Staring at a blank sheet of paper, the floor covered in crumpled sheets each with a few desultory lines …. But no that’s not the sort of block that’s been stifling my blogging for the past three weeks. It’s not a lack of ideas, but a lack of time, and quite simply the problem – with so many things happening – which subjects to record, which to pass over. But this evening I’ll at least make an attempt!
Jonathan: The past fortnight has been so busy there’s scarce been time to think. At the end of a long day, the mind wants rest from its many branches of labour, and would gladly muse away the time before sleep encroaches in detached reflection on the day’s doings. But the time left for such things is too short and all mental energy is drained away. And thus blogging is neglected. Mornings seem to be better, but I need more time between being up and ready to go, and the actual going. I usually leave the house (to see to the livestock) at 0730 or shortly after – very rarely sooner. So being up even say 15mins earlier would make all the difference.
Jonathan: So busy this past fortnight, part-drafted blogs piling up, photos not downloaded from the camera. I’ve stayed up late to break the ‘blogjam’. Sorry about the flood of messages! It’s gone midnight and outside is pitch dark: already the seasons are rolling on, and summer is looking tired and drawn (D: a bit like you – isn’t it time you came to bed?).