Saturday 31 March 2012

Bold colours in my garden

Sorry for being absent for such a long time! Between long spells of migraine, dragging my feet through the start of the hay fever season, my usual aches and pains and my many hospital appointments I just haven’t been able to sit down and write anything. It has been a long period of glorious weather lately, although typically now coming to an end, right on cue for the Easter break. I have been able to take some photos of my garden the last week though, and I thought I would share them with you here.

Wednesday 21 March 2012

The troublesome corner

“Once upon a time there was a lady who had a small garden in London whom she was very fond of.” Ehhm…..Let me just interrupt for a moment here and say that these stories usually claim to have a ‘tiny, little old lady’ or a ‘grey-haired old lady’ or something similar, but this story is different, this story is about a not so very old, 47 year of age lady, who is not tiny, not even short…in fact, she is 5’9”, but the last bit is perhaps not that relevant, so let me get back to the story!

Saturday 17 March 2012

My terrariums….oh dear!

Last month I decided to have a go at making some terrariums, after reading about this new craze on several people’s blogs. The photos I saw looked so nice and the whole idea of a closed ecosystem that only needed minimal watering a few times a year really appealed to me. I even considered giving my son one, as something like this might have a fighting chance of surviving a bit longer than the couple of pot plants I have given him. So after a thorough research and a quite extensive shopping round to get all the necessary bits and pieces I made my terrariums, two large and two small. You can read about the process in my post from 19th February. One month on I thought I would tell you how they are doing.

Thursday 15 March 2012

What’s flowering in my garden?

March is an ‘interesting month’ in London, with down to a few degrees one week and 16-18 degrees Celsius the next week. Today on my way to my hospital appointment I saw a man in T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops! I think that was incredible brave, or perhaps I should use some other, less flattering words of description, but it has been really great weather lately. The result of this ‘great’ weather is that the whole of Eastern England is having a hosepipe ban from 5th April, as we have had two exceptionally dry winters and there is now a drought here.

Sunday 11 March 2012

Remove message verification?

Hi everybody, just a quick post to all of you who has been annoyed by Blogger’s recent change in word verification of post messages. You know, those often impossible to read words you have to write, in order to send your message. These words are called captcha and are meant to prevent spam, but they seem to prevent legitimate people from leaving messages too, as sometimes it is just impossible to find out what the words are!

Saturday 10 March 2012

My Camellia in full glory

My apologies for being absent for a whole long week, time just flies away when I am having fun :-) I have been working flat out with my book number 6 and the plan is to send it off to the printer on Monday or Tuesday, just last minute finishing touches and then I am done! But today we had such a nice warm day that I just had to take a stroll in my garden with my camera to see what had happened since last week-end, as I had not been out there the whole week.

Saturday 3 March 2012

My Blog-in-a-book has arrived!

My Blog-in-a-book came in the post from the printers today! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to finally see my own product presented in a book. I have been posting things on the Internet since 1999, starting with the very first baby steps I took playing with web design and graphic design back then and although I now, 13 years later have many more people visiting my website than I could ever imagine, and same goes for my blog for that matter – my books still stands for something special to me.

Thursday 1 March 2012

It’s 1st day of spring in Britain

I know there is a debate about when spring starts, whether it’s 1st of March or 20/21 of March, but I think those who say 1st of March is the official start of spring got it right so I keep to that date! We have had lovely spring weather this week and I have spent many hours every day working in the garden. I really hope winter is over by now, although we can’t really be safe just yet as we have had snow in London as late as mid April in past years.