Seen at the Festival of the Tree

...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Friday, 31 January 2014

Illuminating Lacock Abbey


Lacock Abbey has a fabulous event on at the moment to celebrate the photograph's 175th birthday.

It's called Illuminating Lacock Abbey and I liked how the lights were also placed outside the Abbey's grounds to greet and guide visitors. It's great to have a local event which helps to brighten up a gloomy winter's evening.

We're not that far away from the Abbey's forthcoming snowdrop weekends, so I was also on a recce to see how these were faring.


There are quite a few just beginning to peep through, with the promise of more to come. Eranthis were also brightening up the gloom and some of the trees on the drive up to the Abbey were helping to light the way.


Some of the deeper shades are reserved for the cloisters. Both inside...


... and out.


One side of the cloisters also gave a view towards a projection of a leaf image. I liked its juxtaposition with the tree forming an arch over the doorway. The original image was created by placing the leaf on top of a piece of light sensitive paper, which Fox Talbot had prepared previously. It was published in his famous book The Pencil of Nature.


And finally, a celebratory view of THE window used as the subject for the world's first photograph 175 years ago. The 1839 is Fox Talbot's handwriting, which refers to when he announced his discovery (actually made in 1835). Daguerre had announced his positive image process earlier that year, which hastened Fox Talbot to announce his. Unlike the Daguerreotype which produced a single image, Fox Talbot's calotype process allowed multiple positive images to be made from a single negative.

Thus the process we know today was born. In this age of digital photography, I wonder how much longer it'll last?

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Veg Journal Giveaway: The Result

Congratulations to CJ who's the lucky winner of Charles Dowding's Veg Journal. I'm looking forward to seeing the results over at her fine blog :)

If you'd like your own copy, don't forget there's a special offer available from the publisher at the discounted price of £12.00 including p&p* (RRP: £14.99). Telephone 01903 828503, or email them and quote the offer code APG69.

OR, send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, and send it to: Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB. Please quote the offer code APG69 and include your name and address details.

* = UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Salad Days: Roots n Shoots


Winter's continued to be mild here at VP Gardens, so technically setting up my new seed sprouter (courtesy of Victoria) hasn't really been necessary as we have plenty of fresh salad leaves to hand already.

Force of habit from 2 years of salad challenging has kept me doing this; besides you never know when the weather might take a turn for the worst and turn the outdoor stuff to mush. I was also keen to try out a sprouter with dividers. It means I can easily sprout 4 different seeds at a time in the same space, so the flavours available are doubled :)


It's also meant I'm able to get up close and personal with the seeds' roots. I love how growing differently at this time of the year adds a new perspective to what we do. I usually line the trays with kitchen paper, so I'm glad I forgot this time.

The instructions which came with this sprouter advised rinsing the seeds with a 1% bleach solution first. I've only come across this when preparing tomato seed for saving, and I was a little surprised to see it given for sprouting seed, even though they'd be washed thoroughly with fresh water many times before eating. Has anyone else come across this advice? What did you do? I simply ignored it and ensured our seed was washed with fresh water twice a day as usual. NAH and I have survived!


Another discovery this month is an article about re-growing food from kitchen scraps that's right up my street. Here's one of my carrot tops on day 3. They won't provide heaps of salad, but it's a fresh way of finding something suitable for the bowl at this lean growing time of year.

Fancy joining in the 52 Week Salad Challenge this year? Here's the key post to get you started :)

Like last month, I'll put up a list of your salad posts for January, if you leave your URL to your post (not your blog) in the comments below.

How's your salad faring this month?

Your posts and my findings


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Puzzle Corner: How Did You Do?


Here's the solution to the Gardener's Word Grid I published I last week. How did you do?

The link takes you to the original cryptic puzzle, if you missed it the first time round and fancy having a go.

There are more puzzles to come, once I've devised them!

Friday, 24 January 2014

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2014


This is quick reminder about this weekend's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch from the unlikeliest of spots: the ladies loo at Bridgewater Services on the M5. I spotted this advert above the hand dryers at the end of January last year and I saved it especially for today!

Forget the dates you see in the picture, the ones for this year are the 25th and 26th January. Here's to finding an hour this weekend with plenty of birds :)

The ladies loo at Bridgewater Services seems to do a nice line in odd juxtapositions: here's another one I took for Sign of the Times.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Vegetable Tourism: A Surprising Project Outcome

Last year, we learnt a little about Incredible Edible Todmorden and the crowdfunded book which Joanna Dobson and her partner are writing to help spread the word. I'm delighted that with your help, the fundraising target was met and work has commenced on the final stages of publishing.

Joanna has kindly kept her promise to return to Veg Plotting as my guest to tell us more about the project and how it's grown ('scuse pun) into more than just one town...

A few of the "vegetable tourists" who've made their way to Todmorden.
Picture credit: Estelle Brown of Incredible Edible Todmorden

When the founders of Incredible Edible Todmorden began sneaking vegetable plants into public spaces six years ago, they had no idea that they would attract attention from all over the world.

But when word got out that a town in west Yorkshire was growing food for everyone to share, the interest began to snowball.

The Incredible Edible pioneers wanted to create a stronger, kinder, greener town by bringing people together around local food.

In just a short space of time they have seen all the town’s schools become involved in growing, created an edible walking route, planted the health centre car park with fruit trees, started two social enterprises that train apprentices in market gardening, and encouraged local farmers to bring out new products.

They have also brought an unexpected spin-off to the town: vegetable tourists.

Every year an increasing number of people arrive in Todmorden wanting to see for themselves how the town is being transformed.

What’s more, some of them go back home and start their very own Incredible Edible projects where they live. There are now more than 50 of them in the UK, over 300 in France and others in places as far apart as Mexico and Mali.

Here are a couple of examples of Incredible Edible's expansion

One of the first places to join the Incredible Edible movement was Wilmslow in Cheshire. Local mum Helen Yates visited Todmorden after seeing a report on the television news. She went back determined to start an Incredible Edible project herself, mainly because she wanted to help strengthen her community in a place where most residents commute to work.

In just two years she and a small group of volunteers established sharing beds in the town centre, built links around growing with local schools and won enormous support from Wilmslow’s many independent businesses, whose edible displays helped the town scoop silver medals in the two most recent Britain in Bloom competitions.

Cloughmills in Northern Ireland is a village with only 2,500 inhabitants, a third of whom are under 16 – very different from both Wilmslow and Todmorden. But it too has a thriving Incredible Edible project, set up in 2009 with an initial aim of combating antisocial behaviour.

Now they have a community allotment and are also converting a derelict mill site into a permaculture project with two large polytunnels, raised beds, edible hedges, a composting toilet, a reed bed system for grey water, and a yurt. On top of that, they have just opened a community owned microbrewery.

The Incredible Edible philosophy

Incredible Edible is about much more than growing, as important as that is. It’s a way of helping all kinds of places become more self reliant at a time when economic upheaval, unpredictable weather patterns and rising fuel prices are making our food supplies increasingly insecure.

It begins with growing food in public spaces, which attracts attention and brings people together; spreads into learning as people of all ages recover lost arts like grafting and preserving; and also affects independent businesses as people start to understand the importance of contributing to their local economy.

One of the main reasons it works is that it’s so easy to get involved. There are no strategy documents or forms to fill in - the Incredible Edible motto is ‘if you eat you’re in’. And as they’ve shown in Todmorden, the important thing is just to get started, no matter how small your first steps might be.

Interested in taking this further? Here are some links to help you get started

For more information, visit the website of the Incredible Edible Network. Set up last year with the aid of community development organisation Locality, the network is the first port of call for anyone wanting to find out where their nearest Incredible project is, or to learn more about setting one up. There’s also a regularly updated news section, and forums where members can exchange information about everything from the best plants to grow in town centres to how to attract more volunteers.

Recently the network appointed its first paid co-ordinator, making it even easier to get support to make the place where you live Incredible.

Thanks Joanna for a fab post explaining how global the Incredible Edible project has become. It's amazing to hear how such a simple idea of growing food in a public space has proved important to so many communities.

Joanna’s book about Incredible Edible Todmorden will be published in the spring 2014. She blogs about food, faith and environment at joannadobson.com

Monday, 20 January 2014

Let's Talk About the Birds and Bees


An early morning bird walk at Camley Street Natural Park with London Wildlife Trust's
Helen Burton. It's hard to believe this is a stone's throw from St Pancras station. 

Last year I received an intriguing invitation to Camley Street Natural Park for the launch of Birds and Bees, an "ethical bird feed company". My initial thought was "hmmm, all bird feed is ethical, right?"

If ethical means providing the right kind of food to ensure our garden birds survive the winter, then perhaps all suppliers fit this term. However, there are a few companies out there who are prepared to take things further. Birds and Bees is one of those.

The key difference is the company is working with wildlife friendly farmers to source the bird feed's cereals component from them. This means the farmers have a guaranteed buyer, which in turn encourages them to continue to farm in this way. As the grants paid to wildlife friendly farmers via the recently reformed Common Agricultural Policy are lower than what was lobbied for, this may help to make up the shortfall.

This isn't an overnight idea. Rob Allan has been wildlife friendly farm manager for over 10 years and was named Countryside Farmer of the Year in 2012. He manages the family farm of Birds and Bees's founder Marcus Waley-Cohen, so it was a natural step to combine their business and farming skills to form the new company. Habitat creation is also part of their offering, with a square foot of  wildlife meadow planted for each new customer.

On returning from London, I soon found this isn't the only option of this kind available. Honeyfield's supply Conservation Grade* bird food and Vine House Farm is another wildlife friendly farm-based supplier, who also make a donation (up to 5%) to The Wildlife Trusts. There are probably others too.

With many of us topping up our bird feeders in readiness for the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, it's time to consider whether we can do more for Britain's wildlife via our chosen brand of bird food.

* = Conservation Grade is a farming scheme which encourages farmers to manage their land for nature in return for a premium price for their crops.


Sunday, 19 January 2014

Book Review: Charles Dowding's Vegetable Journal

This is the latest offering from no-dig gardening guru Charles Dowding and is essentially an updated reprise of his earlier Veg Course in bite-size monthly chunks. Seeing part of Charles's philosophy is to do 'little and often', his Veg Journal sits well with this premise.

After a very brief introduction, we're straight into January and setting up for the coming growing season. February sets out the argument for the no-dig approach and March deals with the types of beds, plus their pros and cons. April sees the creation of our no-dig beds. We're also into the growing season proper at this point, with the growing of each crop introduced at the appropriate sowing time. Woven into the mix are various general information articles on weeds, pest control, crop rotation etc.

Each month is completed with a list of jobs, plus there are blank pages inserted at various points for the reader to keep their own notes and for the book to be in keeping with its title. As with most journals of this type, most growers will probably need more space, particularly if they want to keep detailed notes of harvests, or comparison of dig vs no-dig as Charles does. I'm considering using Post-it notes on these pages so that I'll have more space.

Overall Verdict

I'd say this is a book suitable for beginners who've just taken on a plot of their own, or for intermediate gardeners who are keen to try the no-dig approach for the first time. If you already have a copy of  Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way or his Vegetable Course, then you already have most of the information to hand.

This is well-produced and thought out hardback - the others I've mentioned are paperback - with plentiful illustrations and lots of tables detailing Charles's results. The move to Frances Lincoln is suiting him well.

NB Charles has been rather modest by not taking the opportunity to mention his detailed no-dig website, complete with forum, courses and a host of other goodies. I'm very happy to oblige with a link from here.

Would you like your own copy of Charles Dowding's Veg Journal?

As well as receiving my review copy from the publisher, there's an extra copy up for grabs for anyone reading this who's based in the UK or EU. Simply leave me a Comment below, making sure I have enough information to contact you should you be the lucky winner.

After the closing date (26th January) I'll be in touch with the winner to grab your details to send to the publishing company so they can send out your copy.

Alternatively, I can offer you Charles Dowding's Veg Journal at the discounted price of £12.00 including p&p* (RRP: £14.99). Telephone 01903 828503, or email them and quote the offer code APG69.

OR, send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, and send it to: Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB. Please quote the offer code APG69 and include your name and address details.

* = UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

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My VP's VIPs interview with Charles Dowding from 2 years ago. Note that since then he's moved to nearby Homeacres and started from scratch again. Results from his first year there look good.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Puzzle Corner: A Gardener's Word Grid

Click on the picture to enlarge to a readable size and to print off for your own use :)

The bumper Radio Times cryptic crossword is a Christmas favourite here at VP Gardens, so perhaps it was no surprise my brain started devising some garden-related clues of its own. I then had a lot of fun trying to arrange them into some kind of grid, falling just short of the classic symmetry of a full-blown crossword.

I hope you enjoy completing this as much as I did devising it. I'll publish the solution next week.

A few days after putting this together, I learnt it's the crossword's centenary. This knowledge, combined with my endeavours meant I simply had to buy a copy of John Halpern's The Centenary of the Crossword. It's perfect reading for puzzle lovers :)

Further puzzles will appear on Veg Plotting from time to time. In the meantime, there's my Garden Finder Wordsearch and Garden Scramble to have a go at, if you missed them previously.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

How Do You Say Garden?


Here's a quick extra post for the week because I love this discovery from yesterday's Guardian.

I'm particularly delighted to see Denmark's translation of  "garden" is haven and the potential for us to drink sodas in Lithuania.

You can take the link to the original article see how the word 'cat' translates across Europe and to have a play with the map yourself. There are also some FYI links on there which my Print Screen version hasn't captured.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

GBBD: The Return of the Cyclamen...


...aka sometimes neglect works.

I have a confession: last year I didn't make up my summer pots properly. I was in a tearing hurry so I didn't replace all the compost and I simply shoved in the summer plants where the winter ones had been just moments before.

It means I'm enjoying this cyclamen for a second year as I didn't clear out the corms like I usually do. These blooms don't usually last past December as they're quite tender, but a milder winter plus a sheltered spot means they've continued to brighten up my view.

As well as greeting me when I step out into the garden, I can see them when I'm eating my lunch. When we first moved here, I planted up lots of winter pots all over the garden but I quickly learnt those closest to the house give the most value. Plants placed there can be seen at all times whatever the weather and these at eye level are especially easy to view.

Most winter flowers are quite small, so it's been great not to have to lie on my tummy to take this picture!

Do you have a flower making a surprise return to your garden this winter?

Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Monday, 13 January 2014

A Gadget for the Garden?

Tagging the ash tree in my front garden using the Ash Tag app

I love blogging about gardening, but that does set up a conflict - it can keep me away from the the place I write about. A compromise I've tried - and failed with so far - is to work in the garden.

So I was interested when I was lent the pictured tablet for a while last year to see if it fared better than my botched attempts with my laptop.

There are a couple of design features in its favour - the ports have covers, which protect them from dust and grime, plus it's waterproof. Like all gadgets of this nature it has a much longer battery life than my laptop, so potentially I could stay in the garden all day - well, about 8 hours - if I wanted. It's also a lot lighter to carry around.

So far, so good... but how did I actually get on?

On the plus side, it was perfect for using apps like the pictured Ash Tag, particularly because pictures taken with the tablet could be uploaded directly into the app. Picture quality is good, though of course it can't match most cameras. However, I've found using the website version of the app + loading camera pictures is a bit fiddly, so overall the tablet had the slight edge for this task.

It also proved useful when visiting NAH's aunt. She had some mystery plants to identify, but no internet connection or books to hand. I was able to whip out the tablet and confirm the mystery packet of seeds she'd planted were wallflowers, not the sweet williams she thought they were. NB this was using a 3G connection, I wasn't able to test the 4G connectivity claimed for this product.

It was fine for reading blogs (much nicer than using NAH's mini tablet as this is the larger variety) and adding comments to mine and other blog posts. However, writing more than just a very simple blog post proved to be rather a trial. This was partly because I like to add links and most of my posts are of the longer sort - still achievable with a tablet, but more fiddly to do than on my laptop. I also found there was a problem with viewing Blogger blogs using Dynamic View templates (see picture) and any widget using Flash isn't supported.

I didn't really test the tablet's waterproof claims, but the odd splash from a passing shower didn't pose a problem. Besides, I don't really see blogging in the rain taking off as a new activity for me.

The main drawback with using this outside is the screen glare. The top picture was taken on a dull day and you can see there's still quite a lot of reflection. Therefore, my dreams of being able to work comfortably outside remain thwarted.

Overall verdict

This is a great tablet with features (and price) which place it in the upper part of the market. It has a relatively good camera compared to its rivals and good sound quality. Its features make it easier to use in the garden than most, but for me that wouldn't make it the reason for buying one.

Having said that, guess what Santa bought me for Christmas :)

Disclosure: I was lent a Sony Xperia Tablet Z with a Vodaphone connection for a couple of weeks and received no other benefits for writing this review.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Lessons from the Land


Sitting on top of a mountain pass may not seem the ideal time for a spot of garden thinking, but there's something about a holiday which enables a relaxed mind to wander off into a reverie which can be quite rewarding.

The above picture was my view from the Wicklow Gap in Ireland last September. I was sitting atop a rock like the ones you can see, trying to spot the distant blue of the sea on the horizon, with the sun warming my back and just the breeze and the birds for company. Bliss!

My brain stopped its frantic whirring so I was able to just sit, observe and enjoy the moment. Whilst the vegetation and bedrock there are nothing like what I have at home, I soon found some 'lessons from the land' which I could potentially use here.


The textural quality of this moorland grass illustrates less can be more. And whilst this was covering a wide open space, my homing in so it filled the picture shows it has possibilities for a smaller space like my garden. This was the effect I had in mind when I considered swapping my front lawn for a planting of Hakonechloa

My potted experiments with that grass proved the idea isn't really viable for my garden, but I believe this 'lesson' using a different grass for the border I asked about on Gardeners' Question Time last year has possibilities.


Here's another observation. I took this shot in the pouring rain, yet the purple heather and yellow gorse are still lighting up the landscape. As well as lining the mountain streams, there were vast ribbons of this combination hanging over the ditches at the side of the road like huge misshapen pillows.

This reminded me of the walls of my terraced beds, so I need to find similar colour combination for the replanting I'm planning for this year. A simple combination like this one needs plants which are long flowering - I'm currently considering a shorter Rudbeckia plus deeper purple Asters for this 'lesson'.

So, I have some inspiration from an unexpected quarter which I hope to implement later this year. Have you found ideas for your garden striking you at an unexpected time or place?

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Goodbye Plot 14A...

I'm sorry to see my plot 14A sign go, but secretly pleased with its punk-style replacement

... Hello Plot 25!

Were you fooled, even for a little bit? No, I've not lost or given up the plot - we were given new numbers just after we paid our fees last year. Going from Plot 14A to 25, shows you just how many full-size plots were divided up to meet the town's demand for allotments.

This approach, plus 2012's poor weather brought Chippenham's waiting list down substantially. However, I see over 40 new people were added to the list before the end of June 2013, showing demand is still strong here in Wiltshire.

A new number isn't the only change on our site. The grassy slope where Threadspider and I used to have our coffee and biscuits is no more. I was surprised to find a man and his digger opposite my plot one day late last year.

He's levelled the slope and added hard core to expand the parking available. I'm eyeing up the mound he's left behind at the back and contemplating using some of the wildflower seed mats I've been given to trial on there.

Have you had any changes made to your plot recently? Or perhaps you have your own special plans to do things differently this year?

Monday, 6 January 2014

Book Review: RHS Botany for Gardeners

If your Christmas present stash included a book token or two, then you might like to consider RHS Botany for Gardeners as a suitable present to yourself. It's a very readable account of the subject and is beautifully presented.

The RHS's Lindley Library has been plundered extensively for lots of superb botanical drawings with which to illustrate the text.

It's a dippable book in terms of telling the story of botany rather than a dry reference (though see my caveat in the Weaknesses section below). It's perfect for curling up with on a dark night and will help to chase away those winter blues.

Strengths
  • Tells the 'story' of botany and the people who developed its thinking - such as Mendel and Linnaeus
  • It's not a dry tome - good at relating botany to gardening/'botany in action' e.g. pruning; use of a plant's natural defences to deter pests
  • The science of plant breeding is explored, though it stops short of GM
  • Beautifully illustrated
  • A high quality hardback with an integrated bookmark ribbon
  • A good set of references and websites are given for further exploration

Weaknesses
  • A poor index means it's not a dippable reference. It can be hard to look up specific terms if the reader is unsure in which part of the book they'd be found. Perhaps it's assumed the reader would Google these instead?
  • Some of the diagrams could be better e.g. flower structure. A diagram of each leaf shape would be a useful addition to their descriptions.

A very readable text, plus the illustrations makes this book a wonderful gift for keen gardeners. Horticulture students however, will still find Brian Capon's book Botany for Gardeners the better reference for their studies, particularly those studying for the RHS's qualifications.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Breaking the Rules: The Gentle Art of the To Do List

 January's To Do list from last year's calendar, which sparked off today's musing

I'm a firm believer in the To Do list - it's most satisfying to tick things off as the final nod to a job well done. It seems I'm not alone - monthly lists of gardening jobs are a regular feature in gardening magazines. Websites like the RHS feature them too - here's theirs for January.

Pick any one of these you have to hand and look at it carefully. Does it bear any resemblance to what actually needs doing in your garden? No, it's nothing like mine either. Here's what I need to do this month:

In the garden
  • Clear up December's fallen leaves and use them to mulch borders (remember Compost Direct?)
  • Cut back fallen stems which no longer have seed heads
  • Shred stems, plus the twigs etc brought down by December's storms
  • Weed garden path
  • See what I have on hand already for the GQT border (my new name for the front garden side border) - I'm thinking Alchemilla, ferns, a grass from a hanging basket (also need to look up whether spider plants are hardy or find out what the hanging basket plant is)
  • Have the snowdrops started flowering? Yes :)
  • RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on Jan 25-26 (includes regular topping up of the bird feeders)

On the allotment
  • Weed raised beds
  • Top up 1 raised bed with compost
  • Plant garlic
  • Gird self and check the compost bins for rats - hope it was a mouse I saw!

Now Harvesting
  • Regular sprouted seed growing
  • Some salad leaves each week

    Other
    • Sort out seed tin
    • Use up the started salad leaves & herbs packets I have for microgreens
    • Sow peas and beans for shoots
    • Air cold frames, cloches and fleece on the odd sunny day (both garden & allotment)
    • Pot up hyacinth bulbs
    • Hyacinths + alcohol experiment (see this from Cornell University re alcohol and paperwhites)
    • Find the harlequin potatoes I saved for seed which got tidied away for Christmas

    I think of the published lists as more of a reminder that I need to create my own rather than seeing a checklist I need to follow. I'll always have jobs left over from their 'proper' month and there'll always be items on the list which aren't applicable owing to the weather at the time, or because I can't grow acid loving plants, or because I planted out my bare rooted fruit bushes years ago, or whatever.

    I see them as more of a satisfying reminder of the season's rhythms, the detail of which needs to be bent to suit my needs.

    I realise that by writing this I've also published a list of garden jobs for this month. But that's OK, it's my way of making sure I set to and actually do them* - feel free to ignore my list, just like I do with the others ;)

    What are you planning To Do this month?

    * bearing in mind that "actions speak louder than words" is my motto for 2014

    Friday, 3 January 2014

    Garden Finder Wordsearch


    Here's another fun puzzle I've put together to help while away the winter blues.  Note that I've had to omit the spaces in the Wordsearch, otherwise they show up in the puzzle.

    Like my Garden Scramble puzzle, I've visited all these gardens but I might not have blogged about them... yet.

    If you need to use a pencil and paper to solve this, you're welcome to print off this post.

    If you fancy making your own Garden Finder or other wordsearch, here's the website I used for mine. If anyone knows of a wordsearch generator which also puts them on the diagonals, let me know in the comments below.

    NB Ignore the time on the puzzle, that was how long it took me to get a Print Screen. You have as much time as you need to find the gardens, not 11 seconds!

    Next up is a cryptic word grid puzzle in a couple of weeks time...

    Thursday, 2 January 2014

    I Love January For...


    ... Being New

    I always struggle with January and February, but I do love the 'slate wiped clean' feeling I have today. There are so many possibilities to look forward to, like these hyacinths my brother-in-law and family gave me when they came to stay.

    I'm not usually a huge fan of hyacinths, but having something growy to do just after the year has turned, makes them just right for now :)

    Wednesday, 1 January 2014

    GBMD: Try Something New

    That's strange... I'm sure I have another pair just like these ;) Happy New Year everyone.


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