The patio doors are open, I can hear children playing and the sound of a garden strimmer, I should be happy.

However the strimmer is in our garden and its my wife strimming round the borders and fences before she starts the mower and attacks the grass, I was sat at the open patio doors but I just get upset that I can’t do anything to help, the grass is about 90′ x 40′ and its a lot of work for my wife.
Also I normally sit in the garden and enjoy the sunshine but I’m having a bad day and access to the garden is far from ideal and I have to get out my wheelchair onto the floor and bum shuffle out dragging my wheelchair, I drag my chair as I’m a little stubborn and like to do things myself.

There is an added problem of our garden having very soft earth, if it’s anything but totally dry my wheels sink into the grass and its extremely hard going, my mums garden is clay and its easy to push across her lawn. Ideally I should have some mountain bike style wheels and tyres but I have had a look and there is no way I will ever be able to afford a set of them!

I do like to get out whenever I can and I sit on the grass and do some light weeding of the borders or pruning some of our fuchsias, the next day my hands stiffen up and my wrists are painful but it’s important to do the things I enjoy. Our garden was just lawn when we moved in but we are slowly planting shrubs that my mum has bought or grown from cuttings from her plants, the sad thing is that we private rent and so eventually we will have to move but we like to make our garden nice and also I like to attract wildlife to the garden and a garden that is just lawn isn’t that attractive to wildlife.

Last year the bees were busy collecting pollen from various plants we have planted and the butterflies also started to visit, a birdbath and feeders has attracted woodpidgeons, collared doves, magpies, crows, jays, house sparrows, greenfinches, blue tits, chaffinches, blackbirds, song thrushes and last but not least the noisy and squabbling starlings. I enjoy watching them visit and its something that gives me pleasure, I’m a bit of a wildlife nut and so being able to watch from the comfort of my settee is a big bonus.

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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