The painters finished the living room this afternoon (YEAH!!!!) and I have actually been able to do a walkabout in the garden, with blueberry ale and grocery bag in hand, repairing armadillo damage, clipping back overexuberant growth, and pulling weeds.
As a testament to how carefully I put the garden "to bed" last month, it took me less than one hour and only one plastic sack (albeit a full one) to complete my rounds in the backyard. Of course, with the armadillo(s) rooting around nightly, the weeds don't have much of a chance to grow in several of the beds. Neither do the garden plants for that matter.
Be that as it may, it felt great to be back in the garden in a relaxed, gardening mode. I hadn't realised how much I missed it.