It could be some time before I have my garden studio.
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I hope this epistle finds you well. I am aching, but hopefully getting fitter constructing my gabion retaining wall.
This landscaping can only be done in the dry, as our clay soil becomes an unworkable quagmire in the wet. And this spring is bringing all weathers from Antarctic southerlies to days so mild that you can work in short sleeves. But the UV is intensifying and it is time to have to wear a hat to stop the sun from boiling your brains. In general, it is a good season to build in the garden, as the soil is still workable. Canterbury is renowned for hot dry summers when our clay soil and underlying loess turn to concrete.

I have been reading about other good walls, only green ones.
Felix Finkbeiner, inspired by Wangari Maathai, began planting trees with his school when he was nine. They were soon competing with other schools to see how many they could plant. That competition expanded and has grown to become a worldwide effort to plant 1 trillion trees (head to Plant for the Planet to see how you can get involved, or see Felix on YouTube).

A trillion trees seems unlikely until you read that this year Ethiopia planted 353 million trees in one day, India planted 220 million trees in one day and Ireland plans on planting 440 million trees (not in one day. The Irish like to take things a little easier). I may not be planting trees at scale, but I am  happy to see the fruit trees I’ve planted in our back section in blossom and bud.
The actions of youngsters like Felix and Greta Thunberg buoyed me as I fine-tuned the proposal for the Arctic Circle kids’ book on climate change.
Fortunately King Features are as excited about this book idea as I am and will be presenting it to publishers on my behalf shortly. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

So, even as we see freak flooding in Spain and a scary start to the bushfire season in Australia, I feel more optimistic about the future than I've felt in a long time.
Ta ta for now

PS. If you think someone else might find this interesting, please pass it on.
PPS. In other book news, my editor finished work on my third FAB Club book and I'll be sending it out to my Advance Reading Team in the next couple of weeks. If you haven't already signed up and want to be apart of the FAB3 ART, let me know.

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