Saturday, October 30, 2010

This is what happens when ....



... you're busy helping to launch a new newspaper. The tulip bulbs, which arrived about a month ago, remain unplanted. The garden remains untidy and unswept. (You haven't actually been out there for a couple of weeks, but you can see the mess through the window.)
You don't get round to reading your favourite bloggers. You don't get round to blogging.
But Britain now has a new newspaper, the i, so the 12-hour days have all been worth it.

16 comments:

Northern Shade said...

Good luck with the new newspaper. Perhaps as things get rolling, there will be more time for gardening and bulb planting again. With luck, that will be before the bulbs sprout. :)

Arabella Sock said...

Wow! THat is the first I've heard of it and something I would probably buy on the rare occasion I get papers other than the Saturday ones.

A good excuse for not doing your bulbs.. mine is that everything in the garden needed cleaning or tidying before I could put the bulbs in. I have now opened the Avon bulbs parcel which was exciting as I had forgotten what I ordered. Tomorrow I start with the first of the planting.. weather permitting, fingers crossed.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Victoria, how exciting that you should be involved with the launch of a new newspaper. i shall certainly investigate it further.

As for Tulip bulbs, I have been known to plant these when virtually flowering...so no rush for them. And, as for sweeping.....life is too short!

patientgardener said...

I saw the new paper on the news and wondered if you were involved. Must be exciting to launch a new paper.
Dont worry about the garden, I only planted my tulips this week. The later the better to avoid tulip fire and it wont take you long to get that garden tidy when you are in the mood

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

A newspaper for 20p that's got to be worth a go! well done, and don't worry about the tulips, I reckon you can get away with planting tulips right into the new year. Kathy

Sheila said...

The garden will still be there whenever you get to it. One of the lovely things about them.

debsgarden said...

Congratulations on launching a new newspaper! Your garden is lovely, still. A few fallen leaves only mark the passing of the season. I just today got around to planting some daffodil and allium bulbs, so I don't think you are so far behind!

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

That has to be the most cast iron excuse for not planting and tidying ever! Planting words and ideas instead of tulips! Good luck with the paper, I think it is a fab idea, although I have switched to online myself... And like everyone else has said, the tulips won't care, and will probably prefer the delay.

Darla said...

Congrats on the newspaper....hopefully you will be able to get in the garden more now.

Victoria said...

Northern Shade: You speak truer than you know!

Arabella: I haven't quite forgotten what I ordered (white tulips of some sort, I seem to recall) but I haven't got round to paying for them yet!

Edith: You're right - I once planted some tulips on Christmas Eve. They still came up. I NEVER get around to planting my bulbs at the proper time; it's just that this year I have an excuse...

PG: You're right - in fact, half an hour with a rake yesterday made it look a lot better. Thanks so much for your email - when I get a minute, I'll reply!

Kathy: Thanks for the encouragement. I hope all our potential readers are as enthusiastic about the idea.

Sheila: Yes, there's not much damage a bit of benign neglect can do. What I miss is the sitting and thinking (or standing and staring) time - that's what I find takes me out of my day to day world.

Debsgarden: Thank you! Alliums sound very tempting ... but I doubt whether there will be any left in the shops by now.

Janet: I know what you mean about going online. But the i is designed for commuters, or busy mums, or anyone who is time-poor and doesn't have time to sit down and read a huge newspaper every day.
Even I, a journalist who loves papers like the New York Times or the Daily Telegraph, very rarely have time to read the whole thing from cover to cover. i is supposed to give people a chance to scan the news AND be entertained - and you don't always want to look at a laptop if you spend all your day in front of a computer. Anyway, that's the theory!

Darla: Yes, I'm looking forward to Christmas Eve...

petoskystone said...

'only a millionth of a rooney' ha! congratulations & much success :) & your garden really doesn't look all that messy....what is 'tulip fire'?

Lucy said...

Will look out for it.

Lucy

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Congrats on being part of a new journalism adventure! Don't worry one bit about the tulips...they'll wait. The important thing is to make sure that Pushkin gets extra attention when you're home, so as to not feel neglected in any way. :-)

Victoria said...

petoskystone: Wayne Rooney, eh? You're spookily well-informed about the salaries of British Premier League footballers. And very good at arithmetic too!
Tulip fire is a fungal disease that withers and distorts the leaves. It's one of those diseases where, once you have it, you can't plant tulips again in the same place for about three years.

Lucy: Thanks, hope you enjoy it

Jodi: Poor Pushkin, he's got a nasty scratch on his ear where he got in a fight the other day. AND he managed to lose his collar and name tag. Funnily enough, it seems to have invigorated him - he's been bouncing about with a sort of "I could have been a contender" look on his face.

VP said...

So that's what you've been up to - how exciting! Congratulations on last week's launch - it almost makes me wish I was a commuter again, it's got to be far better than Metro!

As for your latest epistle - I take it you've emailed your post's link to them?

Victoria said...

Memo to self: never trust anything to memory. Tulips are 'Purissima'.