The steady flow of posts on this page has been the material I wrote for our local newspaper – the Taranaki Daily News. That all stopped in its tracks this week. After 14 years, I am no longer their garden writer.
While a little surprised at this sudden turn of events, the relief was instant. I realised that I had become bored churning out an endless flow of material to agreed formats. It is time for new challenges. In the short term, this means that there will not be the three new articles every Friday. Without the discipline of a newspaper deadline, posts will be random. But I am a compulsive writer and exploring other outlets, so something will continue, even if I am not yet sure what that will be.
In the meantime, I have had a lovely week in the garden, beavering away on a particularly troublesome border. To be free from deadlines has been liberating. I will not miss trying to come up with fresh ways of reminding people what to do in the garden week in and week out, 52 times a year. Over morning coffee (with home baking here, as a rule) I would pose the question to Mark and Lloyd every week as to what we should be doing and most weeks they would look back at me with blank looks. And I was running out of ideas for Outdoor Classroom.
I will miss doing Plant Collector and my column, particularly Collector which is fun to write so that may well continue. A number of people subscribe to this website and receive new posts direct to their email address. There is no charge to subscribe so if you have been in the habit of visiting each week, you may prefer to sign up, while posts are less predictable. Mind you, it looks better on the website than it does in email format.