Tuesday, 1 January 2013



I know this is a very late post but it's been a lovely, busy couple of weeks.  Our sons returned with their girlfriends so the house was full of people to feed.  Lots of laughter, hours of talking and far too many calories later they have packed up and driven away again so I have time to relax. 

2012 was a memorable year.  My mother celebrated her 90th birthday; one sister became a grandmother while the other survived a cancer scare; my eldest son qualified to fly fast jets and my younger one began working for Warwick University SU. And what did I do?  I got an allotment, enjoyed my garden, saw a bit more of the world and started this blog.  Does that sound dull?  I've had a wonderful year!  "May you live in interesting times" is an old Chinese curse ... I'm hoping to be just as content in 2013 as I am now!

The sun was shining this morning and the bird feeders were full.  I looked round for likely subjects to photograph and was pleasantly surprised to find the snowdrops are about to bloom ...

and the primulas are out...

.... while these hellebores have sprung up all over the place.  I'm not complaining as I quite like them when they are fully grown but I have an hour or two of transplanting to do.

I spent half an hour in the greenhouse this morning examining the geranium cuttings and checking the sweetpeas.  Won't be long now until the heater will be on and the seed trays filled. 

My seed wish list is complete.  I collected quite a few seeds last autumn so lupins, cornflowers, poppies etc should be okay. I have been looking for smelly flowers in the catalogues this year.  I want to walk passed that trellis and delight in a heady perfume!  I now have to compare the catalogues to get the best prices.  Someone needs to create a website like MySupermarket.co.uk based on major seed retailers.  The prices per packet and the number of seeds vary quite considerably.

Once I've finished my flower list I still have to make my veg list ... I can't believe there are so many different kinds of carrots!

Here's a few views from 2012:


  1. Wish you also a Healthy, Happy Gardening year!
    You have almost snowdrops in bloom....I just looked this afternoon, but no, not yet. Love the close up of the pheasant in summer. We also have many of them over here but I never get them proper in the picture.

    1. The garden is stirring into life again here ... it does this in January then suffers when it snows in March! We have one dry day forecast for tomorrow so I plan to make the most of it!

  2. Lovely! I'm so glad I found your blog! Stunning photos, and your garden and allotment are quite impressive. Sounds like you had quite an interesting 2012. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you. You have a lovely blog too! :)

  3. Just love the photo of that robin - you think you could reach out and feel the soft feathery texture