Friday, 4 May 2012

Very tempted............

Shame on you China

Shame on you China and all you stand for.

One of the most disturbing and deeply upsetting photos I have seen in a long, long time

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Picture for a Thursday

( picture from Pagan for peace and religious tolerance )

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Being frugal

Frugal doesn't mean giving up just means you get it for free


Annual (or so) tree audit

Every year I go around the garden and have a good look at the trees I've planted since I've been here (almost 15 years now); check them over, make sure they're ok, note the species - purely out of interest. I have planted 11 in the front garden and 73 in the back garden , giving a total of 84 altogether. In addition, there are elders, lilacs, hazels and a hawthorn which were here when I moved in.  I also had a small variegated holly and a magnlia  awaiting planting when I find a spot for them. Sadly, I lost my davidia again over the winter - that's twice I've tried, not sure whether to have another go or not.

This is the list as of today:

Back garden

buddleias x 6
mirabelle plum
blackthorn x 2
snake bark maple
Victoria plum
Egremento russet apple
contorted willow x 2
ornamental cherry
hazel x 9
Scots pine
crab apple John Downie
damson Merryweather
apple Bramley seedling
sugar maple
crab apple Wisley
crab apple Aldenhamensis
cherry Stella
unkown apple from core/pip - appeared
apple Bardsey Island
perry pear
apple Devonshire Quarrenden
field maple
silver birch x 5
ash x 5
horse chestnut x 2 (1 red, 1 white)
oak x 2
apple - Winter Queening
tulip tree
holm oak
cider aplles x 3 - Yarlington Mill, slack ma girdle and sops in wine

front garden

Guelder rose
black leaved elder
white berried elder
Judas tree
buddleia x 4

That's a lot of trees!  lol

Bet you can't..............

Watch this without smiling :)   It's the cheeriest thing I've seen in a long while

Monday, 30 April 2012

Blessing at Beltane

May your life be blessed with joy and song

Your bad days short, your good days long;

May flowers bloom around your feet,

Your path be long, your journey sweet.

May love and laughter fill your day,

And friendships true along the way;

Sun and rainbows from above,

Live for now and know you're loved.

This is how it should be................

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Local Hero

Just spent a lovely couple of hours on a rainy afternoon watching this film again. Very much a film for our times; sadly, we don't seem to have come far from 1983...........