It's been a busy weekend this weekend. Friday started with a visit to the dentist and another filling. It worked out well for me, as I was due to have two fillings done together, at a cost of £180, but luckily the dentist decided that another single filling was more important, so it cost just £90 instead this visit.
The higher bill has thus been put off until next month, which suited my finances much better and which will be my final treatment for now. The dentist also did a bit of cleaning around some of my teeth and removed some stains I was concerned about, so I came away with them looking a whole lot better which was nice.
On Friday evening we were invited round to the house of some friends for dinner, which made a lovely change. We had a nice evening catching up on each others' news, but it did end up being quite a late night.
Saturday morning, and as posted about yesterday, we headed off to buy a new bed, followed by taking the dog on a country walk and then came home so that I could clean up the house, ready for LB's friends descending for her birthday sleep over.
I wasn't feeling too well by the evening and retired to bed for an hour at one point, just very tired and lethargic. I couldn't really put my finger on what was wrong with me. Anyway, I woke up feeling just fine on Sunday and after walking the dog, I headed off to my class at the gym.
Sunday afternoon was a case of getting the house back in order after all the girls had left and then I did my usual of spending the afternoon ironing, whilst catching up on the YouTubers I follow.
Aside from actually doing stuff this weekend, we made a fundamental decision about the garden, which at the moment is a muddy quagmire. We were going to replace the grass (mud) with artificial grass this year, but have now decided to re-landscape the garden entirely and do away with the grass altogether.
LB is growing up so fast and hardly ever uses the garden anymore, so the dog is the main user now and she just runs up and down and around it. She would do this whether there was grass there or not. Anyway, we've now decided that we're going to build some raised beds to grow veggies at home and gravel or mulch the paths between. The dog can then run around these and not bring lots of mud into the house.
It's a decision I've put off for years, as I did like a small lawn, but to be honest it just doesn't suit our current lifestyle, and a raised bed garden would be so much more practical for us now. Having made the decision, I am really looking forward to getting it done.
It will most likely mean giving up my allotment once the beds are in place and growing everything I want to at home, but I will keep it for this growing season, until the garden here is completed. This will be very liberating and will simplify life for me quite a lot, as I will no longer have to make time to visit the plot. It will be sad after 10 years of allotmenteering to give it up, but it's something I've been thinking about for a couple of years now, and I think I am finally ready to move on to gardening pastures new.
I'll keep you posted on progress with the project, as and when it happens.