Apologies for the lack of garden photos today but it was too wet and windy to take any yesterday. It was also rather chilly and I spent a good part of my day snuggled on the sofa with a warm blanket and mugs of hot coffee.
M was here for a couple of hours, weeding all the beds and pots and generally tidying up the patio. The new roses have had a growth spurt so the first line of wires have been fitted to support them, and we agreed that the two existing roses (the white one and the one with an identity crisis) will benefit from being cut right back once they finish flowering and then train the new growth along wires. We had a quick chat about possibilities for filling the gaps next year - that's gaps in terms of space to plant something else and gaps as the seasons progress where more interest is needed at certain times - and I have a list of M's suggestions to look through and see what I like. We also agreed that the work to clean and re-grout the patio will be left until next year once the bulbs have finished and before the annuals are potted up.
After the nutrition class I made some more progress on the decluttering. There are some things which I know have some value but I had no idea how much to advertise them for or, if I decided to sell to a dealer, who or where to sell them. So I spent some time on the laptop researching the items and I'm glad I did. This may have started as an exercise in procrastination rather than getting on and doing some actual decluttering but I had a huge smile on my face at the possibilities by the time I finished. I've found several companies that will buy the big studio spotlights and will provide quotes if you send photos, so that's my back up plan. The nearest company is a 2 hour drive away so it would have to be a good price to merit that sort of journey and I think they are too heavy to make postage a viable option for the amount that one of these companies will pay, although I will research that. I did check eBay to see whether they sell well, and was delighted to find that they make a very good price - at least £200 per spotlight plus postage nearing £60 per item - so I think I will try to sell them myself. At those sort of prices it has to be worth the effort. There's also some other things that have to go and I've also found a company that may buy them but more research is needed first. So today I'll move it all to the dining room, give it all a good clean and make a start on taking the photos.
It's the first day of August tomorrow and I am taking part in a month long challenge with Bless to declutter at least one item every day during the month, so 31 items in total. Anyone else interested in joining us?