Archive for April, 2009

No Woolworths

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

We’ve had some lovely sunny Spring days recently, so I’ve been out in the garden enjoying the warmth, the lovely flowers that are out and having a look to see what needs doing.

Lots needs doing! It’s a bit of a daunting task, but I wanted to make a start so I went into the garage to look for my trowel. It wasn’t where it should have been, but I did find an old rusty one so I had a go with that. Unfortunately it wasn’t very well. It was old and decrepid and it’s strength had gone. As I tried to use it, it bent in half. In the past, that wasn’t a problem. I would just nip down to Woolworths which was a few doors away from where I work, and get a nice new shiny trowel. But now what will do? Where will I get my trowel from now?

Since all the Woolworths branches closed their doors early in January this year, there have been so many times when I’ve wanted to pop in get to something I needed. Pritt Stick for my cardmaking, Easter Eggs, scissors after I broke some trimming a rubber stamp, plant pots to fill with flowers and put by the front door and lots of other things.

I work in a small town and don’t often get the chance to go to my nearest city with bigger shops and more choice. But it’s the convenience as well as the range of stock that I miss now that Woolworths has gone. It would only take a few minutes to nip in before work, but if I go to my nearest city, it would take at least a morning.

I’ll have to hunt around a bit harder, as I know there must be several trowels around somewhere, if only I could find them.

Enjoying the garden

Monday, April 20th, 2009

It’s a gorgeous day today. It’s warm, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. I’ve just hung out some washing on the line for the first time this year, rather than have it hanging on the airer over the bath.
I love watching washing fluttering in the breeze. It’s a very satisfying feeling. When it’s dried outside in the sun and the breeze it smells so good when it comes back in and perfumes the house with a lovely fresh summery fragrance. I wonder what it is that makes it smell like that?

While I was outside, I stopped to enjoy the sights and sounds and smells. The lawn has just been mowed for the first time this year, and as well as making the garden look neater, newly cut grass smells wonderful.

I could hear birds tweeting, someone hammering a few gardens down, and someone sawing. There are some lovely colours in the garden now – purple honesty flowers, usually grown for their silvery papery seed pods, but I love the flowers. A lovely lime green plant with little bell flowers (whose name I’ve forgotten!) and beautiful delicate green hellebore flowers. Aquilegias are in bud and it won’t be long before they open their intricate flowers that are also called Granny’s Bonnets. Rosemary is flowering with delicate little blue flowers along it’s spikes.

I was given some runner bean seeds by a friend last year and although it was my first venture in growing vegetables for a while, they grew well and it was lovely being able to go and pick some and cook them straight away. I just steam for a few minutes. I kept some of last years beans and they’re now planted in little pots. I need to perpare some ground ready for when they’re big enough to go out and grow up their bamboo poles.

Sunny Easter

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

I was woken up in the night by the sound of rain hammering against the window. When I got up in the morning, it was still raining. Everything looked wet and green and rainy. It seemed odd. It must be so long since it’s rained that I’ve forgotten what it’s like. But there’s always a silver lining to everything, so the saying goes, so I expect the gardens and the farmers needed some rain.

The weather forecast for Easter wasn’t very good, but fortunately it was wrong. The weather was gorgeous. It was warm and sunny on Sunday and on the Bank Holiday Monday.

On the Monday I went out to a family get together. When I set off in the morning, there was a lot of mist around, but that soon burned off and there was a lovely blue sky. After lunch, we sat out in the garden to relax and chat and have a cup of tea. It’s a beautiful garden with a big lawn with a low wall across it separating two levels. It looks very pretty, and much more interesting than a large expanse of lawn and the youngest member of the family, who is nearly two, discovered walking on walls!

I spent some of the afternoon holding his hand while he walked along the wall, up a step and along to the end, then jumped off. Then he ran back to the beginning saying ‘more jump’. It was fun. I loved seeing his enjoyment of what he was doing. It was a good day.

Moon watching

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

We’ve had some rainy, misty or foggy evenings lately, but we’ve also had a few clear nights. Tonight when I went outside around 8.00pm it hadn’t got dark yet and I could see a beautiful silvery Moon on a background of a lovely blue sky. At first glance I wondered if it was a Full Moon, but then I could see that it wasn’t quite round yet. It’s got two more days to go before it’s full.

I had a look at it through my binoculars and I could see lots of detail – seas, and craters. The craters weren’t as prominent and defined as they have been as now the sun is shining more directly on to the surface there are no shadows to show the high crater walls.

The other clear nights recently were 5 days ago and 3 days ago. On both these evenings, the sun was shining on the Moon at such an angle to show up the craters beautifully, and on the terminator, high crater walls could be seen jutting out into the darkness.

Another two days to go and the whole process will start all over again.