The more eagle-eyed amongst the regular visitors to the Croft Garden blog may have noticed that I have changed the page format and style, and some of you may have though that this was long overdue. My sentiments entirely, and I spent most of last year notquite getting round to it, which also applies to writing posts too! Whether it is an improvement is debatable, but then I’m always more interested in the content of a blog rather than the wrapping.
Unfortunately when you start making changes it can have a domino effect. Anyone who has a website will doubtless have their mailbox filled with offers from all and sundry to improve it and put you at the top of the Google rankings etc., ad nauseam! Normally they get treated with the contempt they deserved, get branded as junk and ignored. However, I did feel that it was about time I gave the Croft Garden Cottage website a critical audit. I decided that it was looking a bit “last season” and more important that the back office need an up-date in the cyber security department.
In theory, this should have been a fairly simple task, but I decided that it would be a good idea to up-date some of the photographs. This brings me to my first confession: my files of photographs are largely unedited, somewhat short of labels and cover the last 5 years! I have made a start on imposing some order on the chaos, instigated a new labelling system and I’m slowly sorting out the good from the indifferent and the “atrocious why did I keep them”. To be positive amongst the dross there is a well documented history of the garden and some photographs to remind me of all the glorious plants which didn’t survive! I have set myself the target of completing the equivalent of cleaning the Augean stables by Easter and firmly resolved that all photographs have to be edited and labelled as soon as they are downloaded from the memory card. Seems to be a better idea than giving up chocolate for Lent.
As I have intimated that I build my own websites this brings me to my next confession. Some people give their grey matter a workout by doing crosswords, Sudoku or playing chess or bridge, alas I am an irredeemable nerd. So if you had visions of me spending the long dark winter months struggling with the elements and doing good works, sitting reading improving literature, making gallons of soup or alternatively immersed in Scandinavian hygge, your illusions are about to be shattered. I am usually to be found at my desk battling with complex databases of information on the species biodiversity of the Outer Hebrides or writing computer code that turns all this information into websites. So I confess that the croft gardener has a nerdy alter ego. Well it’s not as bad as Jekyll and Hyde or even Superwoman and I do like a little hygge on a cold night.
If you are curious the Outer Hebrides Biological Recording website will explain how we, and some of our friends, spend our time when not gardening.