Thursday, 15 December 2011
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Saturday, 8 January 2011
January really is a tough month; reality bites with the continuing dark days of Winter, the post-Christmas blues (both money AND trousers tight!)....but, Spring is coming. Today I got outside and inspected the very wet borders and there are signs of Spring, just a little bit here and there poking out the ground from under sodden leaf fall.
I had meant to post pictures of my very orderly broad (fava) bean patch that survived the snow and is looking, so far, so good. And, best discovery of the day, the garlic is up! Planted at the same time as the broad beans, which are now a good 4" high, the garlic has finally decided to make an appearance. It's my first time growing either, so I am, as you can tell, a bit excited. Looking forward to getting alot more from the garden this year (to be less reliant on store bought produce) which is both enjoyable to grow and of course, much better to eat. I can't tell you how I rhapsodised about cucumbers last year, but I am not kidding, I was transported back to my childhood just tasting a REAL cucumber!
Talking of which, if you are unfamiliar with the building below, (see Susan's comment), it's commonly known as the Gherkin, which in America would be a dill pickle. Now do you get it? I think the pickle building sounds so much better!
Wishing any onlookers a belated Happy New Year and hoping that those of you passing by, might leave a comment, pickle related or otherwise.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Perhaps not alot of snow by your standards, wherever you are looking in from, but enough to be 'snowed in' round these parts.
And very pretty if you don't need to be somewhere.
If you're wondering, soon after I took this, I did go and clear the bird table & bath so that the birds had some food & water. If you put out food for the birds, don't forget to keep the supplies up, especially water in the cold weather. And if like me, you are bird crazy, here's a great book idea for Christmas. I got mine as an early birthday present, thanks Dave. X
Even the most common birds are fascinating if you watch them for a while, and this chap (maybe a she, haven't got that far in the book yet!) is part of a small colony that regularly hang out beside the kitchen window.
A word of warning if you do hang feeders, be prepared to be sweeping up grain every day, so don't hang them over precious plants or areas where you want to avoid weeds. But the dropped seed provides for the ground feeders, so try and not be too precious about the mess.
Whatever the weather this weekend, make like a character in Mary Poppins, and feed the birds. (Although you'll find it's considerably more than tuppence a pound these days).
Have a great weekend.
Friday, 26 November 2010
I really should have had a before, before the after shot (pre-demolition) but you know how you live with things for such a long time, that you don't really see the problem. Or see how bad it is. Or see how you could have done so much better.
Well, now's not the time.
But my garden has seen a major transformation this Summer. And no, that's not why I haven't posted for 7 months, it didn't take that long! There were other things happening.....
I wake up every morning and look out on this scene and I could not feel happier about it. From the greenhouse, inherited from my dear sister who never got to see it put up, to the lawn (the third one I've done - this one is staying!), to the rose against the wall on the right (now added to since this shot is about 2 months old) - all of it makes me smile a big beaming smile.
ALOT has changed this year, some of it I want to share here...and some, well, those who've been around me will know, is perhaps left in the past.
If anyone out there still looks in on these pages, I hope to keep a more regular appointment with you.
But if I don't, you'll find me, most likely, in the garden.
Thursday, 15 April 2010
That corn sack will be turned into a wall hanging, the wool may be washed and spun but right now it smells of lanolin and memories; the Dr Pepper crate is a shelf unit waiting to happen (and don't ask what came all the way home alive in it, you don't want to know).
And the quilt? What else but spread across the bed as her maker intended all those years ago.
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Friday, 8 January 2010
Helping a friend in need
My tax bill being far less than I budgeted for
Skype-ing friends in far-flung places
Spotting a forgotten box of chocolate from Christmas sat on the shelf
Cracking the seal on a new bottle of gin!
Planning a trip
Seeing a neighbour doing great following a stroke
Remembering fun stuff
My sister sounding good today.
Whatever your plans this weekend, take time out to remind yourself of the good things in life.