We had a dry day today and I spent from 1 o'clock until dusk out in the garden, yay! I dug over the part that gets flooded (read about that here) and found that there were paving slabs underneath the soil with just gravel thrown on top. I know that next-doors pipes will still cause problems until they are fixed, but at least with the removal of all the submerged slabs, the water will have somewhere to go and it mightn't be so bad, fingers crossed. It was hard and heavy work, but I feel all the better for it and so glad that a start has been made. It's time to stop feeling sorry for myself and just get on with it.
My next job is to prune the shrubs and climbers on the fences before the new Spring growth appears. The garden may look like a disaster area just now, but I'm happy to see that there are quite a lot of good shrubs already here, ones that I would have chosen myself, such as pyracantha, buddleia and winter jasmine, etc.
I'm back to being a happy gardener..... bring on the Spring! :D