Sadly I wrote a blog about my new home in the country and planning and planting our our new Fruit Garden, it took a long time with Hazel to prepare and plant twenty fruit trees with a further twelve varieties of soft fruits.
Now we are putting in borders and moving shrubs into them, the smallest border is eighty foot long by five feet wide, and now I am realising that I just cannot do it any more.
My day today was moving electric garden tools quite a long way to the work area, and I just could not do it, even after taking Opiate pain killers my body would not allow me to continue on so Hazel was having to do all the digging and preparation.
It got so bad that I began to unpack the plants for the new border and by the time I had finished I had made a mess on the Conservatory floor carpet with soil and by the end of a laboured job I was at screaming point with pain. So I put the kettle on for a cup of tea and we rested. Afterwards I had to watch my wife having to continue with the land preparing for planting, I started trying to take all the gear back into lockup and it took an age.
All I am trying to say is Depression comes in many guyses with me it is because I am always been in constant chronic pain. Now I feel that it stops me doing jobs I love doing.
We were forced out of our home by the Environment Agency who has destroyed our garden of over thirty years, because our neighbours needed flood protection, we did not need it although we had to take the biggest tranche of work on our land, they were going to buy our home and pulled out on the day of our removal. So now at sixty three my wife and I are having to plant out again, we had lost most of the plantings at our old address as Hazel had dropped a large concrete planter on her foot and we could not finish transplants in our old garden. I went into a flareup and was unable to do the work myself.
Now we are waiting to see what we may get for compensation, the garden plantings were extensive and everything was established, so one shrub or tree was worth anything from £50 to £200, Our new garden is all young planting so with some of the plants we will never see them mature.
What makes it really bad is the Environment Agency was supposed to design our garden at old address, that did not happen we saw the plans and said they were not what we wanted, they then built what they wanted so they have destroyed a flood garden and filled up nearly half of my land with concrete, if we flood will not be able to clear the river water.
Sorry going on, now I just feel we were meant to enjoy a .established garden on retirement , now I am supposed to start all over again. it was suggested that they could supply landscapers to do the new garden, guess what happened ?
All this is really doing my head in and really I do not want to go through all this again because I cannot undertake it anymore. WE NEVER HATE, although now we cannot do anything else, they have thrown out all of our landscape as well,
Sorry to go on it is just we have had a married life of hobby destroyed by an out of control Government Department.
I wonder why we are depressed and suicidal !!! We all really need to understand we need not upset an out of control quango they can destroy anything they want to, I refused access, our solicitor said we cannot do that it will become to messy, they entered and destroyed without permission
All the best