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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday, 31st January 2016 - Two Saws, One Rope

I have had another 'gardening with guilt' session today. After tackling a large patch of brambles I went onto fine weeding. Removing Hairy Bittercress alongside dandelions and not harvesting them into a delicious dinner caused a slight uneasiness of waste. Michael White and his foraging ways is totally to blame for my undesirable feelings.

I had a much more enjoyable, guilt-free, time in the woods with Tim trying to remove a wedged chainsaw from a tree. His calculations were not quite right causing it to get squidged in a cut. Blue rope, brute force and luck got the saw out. We now have a lovely stack of logs for those cold February nights.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Saturday, 30th January 2016 - Amazing Amaryllis

Gardening followed by a trip to The Peacock for a few drinks with Si and Lesley made for a charming Saturday. They have just got back from Thailand. Sounds like an amazing place to visit. Si looked very smart in his tailor made shirt and jacket with sexy pink lining.

My amaryllis has been busy while we were in Orlando. What a beautiful beast.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Monday, 18th January 2016 - Narcissi and Amaryllis

At Christmas I was given bulbs by Brenda and Elizabeth. They are having a competition to see which will flower first and it has nothing to do with stature.

I had a wonderful time this afternoon with gesso and handmade paper preparing supports for two paintings. They are for the project being run at my evening art class. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wednesday, 13th January 2016 - Hellebore

What no rain!!! I took to the garden to do some clearing. There is a lot to do. I would like to give some of it away at times. I dislike the sense of guilt it gives me. I have Michael to blame for the guilt that I should be foraging the large quantities of hairy Bittercress. It is the wrong time of year isn't it? It would have a much sweeter flavour in the Spring.

We watched Derren Brown's programme Push. We are so easily influenced. Fascinating.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Tuesday, 12th January 2016 - Birthday Girl

Sarah and I celebrated her birthday with bacon rolls and coffee at Cocolicous. Happy Birthday my little friend. We were tempted by the sale in Stoneydales and both left with a little bag of bargains we didn't need but really wanted.

I was not keen to go swimming this evening. I am so pleased I did. My brain shuts off with the repetitive rhythm. I find it incredibly relaxing. I am still in the slow lane.