Beechgrove has already gone, and GW ends next week. What coping strategies are others going to use to cope?
The freezer has to be filled with mince pies and sausage rolls. Christmas puddings and cake must be made. Pears must be pickled and so must peaches.
Gardening? Well amaryllis must be potted 6 weeks before Christmas.
i think my time will be filled pretty adequately
There will also be forum queries to read and catalogues to read ...
Recorded gardening programmes will be used to fill the void. And all the issues of The Garden and GW Mag I haven't got round to reading properly. And all the gardening books I've optimistically got out of the library. Plus college textbooks, plan drawings of what I want to achieve next year, plant catalogues...
Who am I kidding?
One day at a time. Today, making bread pudding, then, while it's in the oven, sorting the mountain of tomatoes, in varying degrees of ripeness and damage, that I brought in yesterday. Shredding paper for the compost bin and shredding two big bagfuls of hedge clippings - it's raining, but I can do that in the garage.
... and how will I fill that hour on Friday evenings?
Well, given that OH has to keep prodding me to keep me awake after 9pm so I can watch GW, I'll probably fall asleep on the sofa
Never watch GW live any more as it's on after dinner here and OH likes to watch other stuff. For me, while sewing, repetitive watching of GH DVDs and later on showing the relevant bits to OH as we're laying a terrace/seating area sometime soon. At some point, I shall be catching up on all saved recordings of Beechgrove and some GW for the bits relevant to us in this new garden.
Then I have RHS Garden magazines, assorted books and plenty of crafts and decorating to keep me busy. GW has long since ceased to be a must watch with no distractions.
I haven’t watched gardeners world since it went to an hour slot.
We could fill the time catching up on housework that hasn’t been done all summer ?
Cake, puddings and pigs in blankets already made, lots of knitting and crochet projects to be done and I have a rug kit half done so will try to finish that.
Lots of seeds to sort out and look up sowing instructions, Winter goes so quickly I look forward to the break and then Spring is on us in no time, no time to get bored.
I love the long winter evenings, drawing the curtains at 4.30 pm snuggling in a rug. Brilliant.?
TV? I can't remember how that goes
I rarely watch tv and the few things I like I relied on Paul to remind me when they were on. Before his health got really bad he set up the TVs to record the whole series of gardens world for me straight on to the hard drive. I haven't watched any in months so sometime over the dark winter months I have pratically the whole series to watch if I can figure out how the record system works.
Shush about needing to catch up on the housework because you have spent all summer in the garden. Mine shows a decided lack of any domestic pride.
I spend the winter nights reading the books I didn't have time for when the nights were light.