A stubborn cough means the quiet pull of the allotment has to be resisted | Allan Jenkins

Rosemary in the window boxes offer comfort, baby buds and the threat of frost do not

An enforced absence from the plot. Confined to home with a persistent, insistent cough. My usual gardening remedies denied, I have resorted to medical advice and prescriptions, plus high-grade manuka honey.

My world has shrunk to inside walls and outside window boxes. There is comfort in scanning the still-flowering dark blue lobelia and pink and red geraniums. In attention to the smaller things.

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