I feel so guilty.
My wonderful husband didn't bat an eyelid when he came home from work yesterday to find 'the little mess' I'd made earlier - the little mess that had actually doubled in size during the course of the afternoon after I had posted about it on my blog.
He set about taking all the hedge clippings, dead wood and other random garden debris through the side gate, up onto the raised deck, down the steps onto the lawn, over the somewhat water logged grass and finally onto an ever growing pile of similar waste waiting to be collected by a man with a trailer (I am hoping a very capacious trailer!)
The first problem was the 'through the side gate' part.
I had helpfully placed the pile onto a large tarpaulin thinking that all he would need to do would be to wrap the tarp around and tie it up to create a draggable bundle. This he did. The bundle was indeed draggable (provided you had sufficient body weight and knew how to use it). Unfortunately, the bundle was not 'pass-through-side-gate-able'. A goodly portion of the tangled mass had to be transferred into an oversize bag and taken separately to the intended destination before the remainder could be re-bundled and dragged once more.
Through the gate, up onto the raised deck and ... oh dear. Disaster struck.
The deck is in desperate need of a good pressure wash and re-oil. In its current state it can be quite slippery... and when you are not wearing the most appropriate footwear and dragging a bundle that is at least as big as you are, you might expect the possibility of a mishap. Although I did not witness the mishap, from his description of it I can report that it was a dramatic, high speed, uncontrolled backward tumble flat onto his back with resultant bang to backside and head.
He did eventually succeed in his mission to clear up my mess. He sustained no serious damage but had a tender spot on the back of his skull and the knowledge that he was a clumsy fool.
He felt tenderness and embarrassment... and I felt guilt.
My guilt dictated that today I would steer well clear of the garden and my tendency to get carried away with the task at hand.
I baked instead. I hope that the job of 'clearing up' apple cake and cookies will be more agreeable.