Day 136: A Partial Day of Solitude in the Garden and Washing Down the Patio

Washing down the patio

How do you know if you are making progress towards your goal? I truly believe that you can just feel it. Today I actually got a glimpse of living with more space around me, as things are starting to fall into place. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had a few days off work or if it’s because I had some solitude time. Probably a combination of both.


This afternoon the sun felt hot so I sat on the small table and chairs outside. No one disturbed me and it was very peaceful.

I looked up the word solitude and read a few articles, which made me like the word even more. A couple of sentences in particular stuck in my mind from

  • Solitude allows your body to catch up with your mind
  • Solitude allows your brain to rest

I think I need a lot of solitude time.

The garden and conservatory

I have paid more attention to the garden since lockdown began, than I have in the last 12 years of living here. I tried out a new ‘hose end’ that I bought and used it to wash the patio. I’ve never tried doing anything like that before and it was very satisfying using the pressure to get rid of the dirt and moss between the slabs.

It made me sad to think that my husband wants to get all of this patio dug up and put some decking down. No decision has been made yet, so I thought I would give the patio some love and attention to see if it might change his mind about landscaping the garden this year. I don’t think I could be dealing with that sort of upheaval at the moment… maybe next year. I want him to enjoy sitting in the garden though so I’m trying to make it look nice.

I have probably said this a few times (as I’m continually moving things about) but I really do think that I’ve now got the conservatory the way that I want it. It’s a great feeling. I can now go in there to read, think, make calls, write, work, exercise or just relax. We haven’t bought any new furniture for the room; we’ve just used the two old but comfortable armchairs. The room is bright, warm and cosy during the day and because the chairs are facing the garden it has a great view.

Two comfortable armchairs

More gardening tomorrow if the weather is nice. If not, I have plenty to tackle in the house.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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4 Responses to Day 136: A Partial Day of Solitude in the Garden and Washing Down the Patio

  1. Maria says:

    Like you Sandra, I’m also spending much more time in the garden. There is something quite satisfying about seeng the changes.
    I hope you get some ME time over the weekend.

  2. I do agree with you, more of us are looking at our surroundings with fresh eyes and appreciating it and how we can enjoy it more.

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