The furloughed ‘gardener’

It’s 8:30pm on the 23rd March 2020. We are sat in front of the tv watching Boris Johnson address the nation with the news that the country is to go into lockdown. I am now furloughed…….. what would I do? How would I cope with all this spare time?

In the days that followed I found myself, like many people, in the garden. For me this was not normal, I am not a gardener by any means. You couldn’t walk up the road for your daily exercise without smelling freshly cut grass in the air or hear the sound of a hedge trimmer in the distance. With this I took to the internet, gardening gloves, a fork and shovel were all placed in the basket. Was this the start of a new hobby?

Each day that followed, time was spent outside digging and generally trying to look like I knew what I was doing, which I didn’t. I do find it hard to see how some people can find this relaxing though, gardening is not easy work! They make it look so easy on the gardening tv programs.

We don’t know how much longer we will be staying at home. However, have I found myself a new hobby, I’m not too sure about that. One thing that I am sure about though is the garden is looking the best it ever has done!

We all look forward to the day we can get back to ‘normal’ but we should never forget this time we are in now. Making the most of our free time to try new things, reflect and realise that we should not take anything we have for granted.

Michael Walton MNAEA
Senior negotiator/domestic energy assessor