Reflecting on my week #35

 

What a weekend! But before I get onto that, let me tell you that last week’s chocolate banana bread was a big hit here, so much so that MOH even asked if it was easy to make as he was thinking about taking one into work, as there’s been a flurry of cakes in his office - high praise indeed, although as it turns out he probably won’t be in the office until Thursday, so this week may not be cake week.

And in the greenhouse, some of my seeds are starting to grow.  The turnips, cauliflower and some of the cabbages have sprouted, and there’s bean activity where the soil is starting to make way for the seedling, but they’ve yet to show themselves properly yet.

So to celebrate I’ve potted on some tomatoes, which were reassuringly as small as the ones in the garden centre this weekend - I popped in for a bag of seed compost, and left with three! I’ve also sown  some lettuce and a greater selection of herbs and acquired some more tomato seedlings, and some beetroot seedlings from dad.  

I’m also the new owner of this in bud, what I think is an amaryllis.  It survived the car trip home and is now safely in my greenhouse, until the conservatory work is done, when I have another plan for it. 

 AN AMARYLLIS FROM DAD

AN AMARYLLIS FROM DAD

It’s got some history though as it’s a descendant of a plant from one of the ladies at our previous church, and considering it’s been over fifteen years since that was mum and dad’s church, that tells you something doesn’t it? 

In fact the lady who gave dad the plant that was related to this one, also bought me the Band Aid single (yes, the original one) for Christmas in 1984.  It seems her gifts have longevity!

During the week we made it back over to the plot armed with our strimmer and made more progress making it look more respectable, well until the strimmer’s battery ran out that is. I took some photos of our visit this time, and so I’ll share those this week or next I’m sure.

But before that here’s our bench, we knew it was a bit rickety, but thought it wasn’t that bad and had almost slotted it back together. On this visit though, we realised it was quite that bad and the next day promptly ordered a replacement, so that’s another job on the list!

 OOPS, IT'S SEEN BETTER DAYS

OOPS, IT'S SEEN BETTER DAYS

Back at home the conservatory work continues, the interior and exterior metalwork has been painted anthracite grey, and I’m hoping there’ll be a significant development this week. If there is, you’ll know all about it, and well if there isn’t I may have to resort to ‘bad cop’ mode, lets hope I don’t. 

Alongside the patio, the pink ‘climbing’ bush is finally flowering and was well worth the wait. It’s growing all over my lollipop-shaped holly bush, and when it’s finished flowering it’s for a bit of a chop.

 PRETTY IN PINK, AND WORTH THE WAIT 

PRETTY IN PINK, AND WORTH THE WAIT 

In my post last week I said the small Christmas tree looked to be heading for a growth spurt, and I was right - all of the bright green in the shot below is new growth, it’s amazing what can happen in just a few short days.

 NEW GROWTH ON THE SMALL CHRISTMAS TREE

NEW GROWTH ON THE SMALL CHRISTMAS TREE

The weather was good again, and it *almost* was too warm to stay inside and watch The Wedding, but I managed, MOH wasn’t interested in the slightest, and so I found myself catching up with it and all the arrivals, the service and the carriage ride via the recording I had the forethought to set, and with the added advantage of making good use of the fast-forward button...

Wasn't it fab, and we do do pageantry well, don’t we?

This week I’m off to Chelsea today - yay! -  and no doubt I’ll have hundreds of shots to sift through too. I’ve a busy week socialising too, so will need to get myself organised, whatever you’re up to this week I hope it’s mostly fun, and that the weather stays on the warm side!