Sunday 29 January 2012

The squirrel is back!

I sat here today having my late afternoon lunch and suddenly a squirrel jumped up in the window box right in front of me! I am not exactly unfamiliar with squirrels in my window boxes, but I haven’t seen any squirrels for months, and the squirrel that was here today actually looked exactly like the one that was here most days last year!

Friday 27 January 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award!

There are weeks when I look back and I wonder…where on earth did that week go, how can it be Friday again ALREADY?? Last time I wrote anything here on my blog was….hmmm, yes last Friday, sorry, all of you who have been looking after new posts and not found any; there will be more frequent posts later in the spring. Some weeks my body, my head and I are very good friends and we cooperate quite well and we get things done, other weeks, like the week last gone, nothing seems to go according to plan, I spend most of the days and nights in bed and when I am up I don’t get much done. Winters are worse than summers, especially for my achy bones - and my arthritis is certainly better in the summer. I am soooooo looking forward to some spring sunshine and some warmth :-)

Friday 20 January 2012

One of my Garden Books

Here in the Blogger Community it is common practice to start so-called memes. Now, you might not be familiar with the term, even if you have seen and perhaps even participated in memes in the past; you might even have started your own meme at some point. Anyway, I am joining another meme today, and I thought I would spend a few moments explaining what a meme is, and where the word comes from.

Thursday 19 January 2012

I love trees!

I had a stroll in my garden today, haven’t been out there since last Sunday when I took the pictures for the Garden Blogger Bloom Day and I was keen to see what news my garden had to present me with today. I looked and looked and looked, and there was….NOTHING new since last Sunday, except that the one single crocus that was almost opened last Sunday was now off and lying on the ground. That’s January in London for you. With temperatures around zero at night and not much more than 5 degrees during the day the last week I suppose I can’t really expect much to have happened, I should just be grateful nothing has died!

Sunday 15 January 2012

Garden Blogger Bloom Day

It is Sunday the 15th January, usually the coldest part of the winter here in London, UK, and today it actually is quite cold! I am not sure if we had any of the forecasted frost last night; by the time I got my achy bones out of bed there were no sign of frost in my garden, just a very crisp, sunny, 7 degrees January day. After having had breakfast I took my camera to start my round collecting images for Garden Blogger Bloom Day.

Saturday 14 January 2012

Dregea sinensis, part 2

It was 6 degrees in London at 2 o’clock today. SIX degrees! And when most people were wrapped up at home in front of their fires, what do you think I did? I was outside in my garden, pruning!! Well, today was a perfect day for pruning the rest of my Dregea sinensis, and as I wrote yesterday, in my post Dregea sinensis, part 1, what I managed to do yesterday wasn’t even half of the job.

Friday 13 January 2012

Dregea sinensis, part 1

It’s been a few days with colder weather here in London lately, and the forecast for the week-end is for frost – the first frost in London this winter. I decided I would start on one of the very few tasks in my garden I don’t really appreciate doing; pruning my Dregea sinensis.

Sunday 8 January 2012

My son's beautiful kitten

My son got a kitten on Christmas Eve! A beautiful, sweet little bundle of joy and my son posted pictures of his new buddy on Facebook. I had to go and visit my son and see this little wonder of course, and the kitten was just as beautiful as on the photos, except my son’s new buddy turned out to be a little lady!

Monday 2 January 2012

My garden is waking up

I have had a long run of migraines lately, quite common for me, but nevertheless exhausting when it happens. I often have more than a week at the time when I have migraines coming and going almost every day and I deal with it by sleeping. Sleeping and sleeping. Often 12-14-15 hours at the time, then I go up to have a bit to eat, maybe watch a bit of TV if I can stomach it (thank goodness for TV recorders!), then usually followed by a stint on my computer with emails and blogging and then back to bed for another 8-10 hours of sleep.

Sunday 1 January 2012

It’s 2012!

Yes, it’s finally here, a brand new year, twelve new months we all can fill with whatever we feel like, a new book with blank pages. Have you got any big plans for this year? Any major things happening in your life? I got a few things planned, nothing major I suppose, but I always got new projects for my garden and I plan to publish my fifth book sometime this spring, and possibly a sixth one too, if I can manage to find the time. I wish I could find out where to apply for an increase of the day – 30-32 hours day would suit me much better than just 24 hours :-)