when I haven't been on skype,
when I haven't been writing emails and returning messages
this is where I've been:
It's a bad photo- too far away too see everything but the fact is the garden is just getting too big to see everything at once. Each year friend and neighbour A and I extend it a little more- reclaiming land from the butterbur, the myoga (Japanese ginger) the fiddlehead ferns and the lupins. It's tough work but we're getting there. This year we have added three more rows than we had last year and (out of shot to the right) we are putting up a large greenhouse (clearhouse?) to winter some leafy greens and get a head start on Spring planting without colonising our covered verandahs with tray after tray of seed starters.
It actually looks quite small in this picture compared to the real thing- or maybe it just feels bigger when you're out there working! But it's three rows deep and 10 rows wide in the middle. The rows vary in size depending on the purpose- steep narrow rows for corn, low wide rows for zucchini (so we can hopefully keep their fruit off the soil and therefore out of the rotting zone) etc.
So yeah, that's why I'm so hard to contact at the moment. Not because I have my head under my pillow ignoring the world- although give half a chance....