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Taking after Mr Mole

My and Mr Mole's to do list:


From Kenneth Grahame's The wind in the Willows: Chapter 1: The River Bank

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said, "Bother!" and "O blow!" and also "Hang spring-cleaning!" and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat. Something up above was calling him imperiously, and he made for the steep little tunnel which answered in his case to the gravelled carriage-drive owned by animals whose residences are nearer to the sun and air. So he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged, and then he scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped, working busily with his little paws and muttering to himself, "Up we go! Up we go!" till at last, pop! his snout came out into the sunlight and he found himself rolling in the warm grass of a great meadow.'

If Mole found himself in my garden, he would be tackling my outside spring' list:

  • Remove moss from extension roof (which has tree cover)
  • Clear gutters, check down pipe filter
  • First lawn and edging cuts
  • First weeding including removal of a myriad of Sycamore seedlings - they've done well this year
  • Clean out the pond pump
  • Clean the garden building gutters and spring clean internally
  • Clear the patios (power wash later)
  • Clean the garage doors
  • Clean the drive (power blow)
  • Check fences
  • Wash down and check paintwork.

It sounds a lot but it it's only a couple of days of work; enjoyable in the sun. Mr Mole would have taken longer but would have enjoyed the days of spring flowers and the time before the trees are in leaf in early summer.


Apparently April marks national spring cleaning week (no I hadn't heard of it either) but it is the time to refresh our homes as the days lengthen and we begin to feel the effect of that fresh spring air inside our homes. After one has spring cleaned take a good look at internal decor; it's a lot nicer to decorate in the spring and summer when the light is bright making the task easier on the eye. I have a bedroom in my sights, where tired decor and paintwork need sprucing up. I've decided on the colour scheme, cleared the clutter, ordered the decorator and moved into another room for the duration. It will feel and smell fresh and bright in time for those summer nights.


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