As General MacArthur once famously said "I have returned".
With family circumstances dictating a back seat being taken with just about all of my hobby activity my plants had become on a basic continuing care routine, with very little time for photographs and no additions purchased since my last post, although I did pot a few offsets into new pots. My Dad (Ian Gibbs, ex Brid and Hull Branches in the 1960s and 1970s) now being in a nursing home meant he couldn't even visit and get anywhere near the greenhouse now, although in the last 18 months he is able to visit the garden.
A catastrophic heater failure sadly went unnoticed in 2016 in the worst of the frosty weather when I was far too busy with work and my family had presumed that the electric heater was on its auto setting and whirring away, but there was no heat. Spring time heralded disaster when it became clear that many of the plants had not sufficiently dried out and around 70 of my plants, mostly Eriosyce, Neoporteria, Neochileana and some Euphorbia's have died and several more suffered.
Without being able to devote enough time I contemplated whether to finally sort things so I could put some on windowsills, downsize and fade out of the hobby, but it seemed I still enjoy them too much for that and I cleared out, cleaned up, sorted the heater and soldiered on whilst waiting news about job moves and then a house move, still giving basic care to the greenhouse. As life events change I find myself with a bit more time now and thanks to a bit of help I am getting the place tidy and doing some repotting after the soul destroying loss of some lovely plants I had grown from seed.
I have rejoined the society after lapsing a couple of years ago and look forward to the summer.