So, I have been working on the big garden project ... swapping the raised beds from one side of the garden to the other, in order to move the hens onto new ground after seven years.
The beds are all moved, and I have filled them from the heaps left behind (with a little help from DH). I now have canes in for the runner beans, which I have only just sown, along with courgettes, sunflowers and kale. One of the five beds is down to raspberries and we have strawberries dotted around in various spaces.
We invested in an electric fence, so it's easier to move the hens around ... and a sack of grass seed to patch up where they've been! Our garden has never been level, but they dig holes, and although I fill them in, the ground is always uneven afterwards
We also have a gooseberry bush, a fig tree and an apple tree ... so we're well set for this year. And the local magpies keep seeing off the pigeons (must be nesting nearby), so things have a hope of getting established.
DH still has to move a couple of compost bins, and while we're having work done on the house, we're going to use up some slabs given to us by a neighbour and have some hard standing put down - we'll probably use it as a patio at the top of the garden, but others in future might well use it for a shed or something.
And finally, over the summer we're going to do a mini-pond project ... using the top of an old wheelbarrow It's ideal, with sloping sides and a deep and shallow end. We need to find some suitable plants, but have all the stonework we need to create the surround.
The weather has been such a boon ... I wouldn't have done half of it if it had been wet or cold