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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:24

Yes I did but then I do a bit every day even if it only in the conservatory or kitchen.  But today in the bright sunshine in Bristol I was up my butterfly garden smelling my hundreds of snowdrops which are in full flower now, removing brambles and some of the nettles, singing with the birds.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 14:46

The leader of the Green Party was canvassing in Bristol yesterday with the Bristol candidate.  They were both on bikes!  I hope all the other prties will follow suit.  I had a lovely walk to the pharmacy - cold but sunny and dry.I saw one very beautiful orange crocus out in a garden too.  It will not be long till St. Valentine's Day when the crocusses are usually in flower.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:34

Oh I bet your dad and I would get on well talking about history.  I do hope he is watching Wolf Hall on the beeb.  It is fantastic.  I have been up in the garden working in the brilliant sunshine we have.  Must take some photos soon but came in for lunch and found I have to go the pharmacy for my medication this afternoon.  Tree surgeon at door offering to cut down my Scots pine for £380!    

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 09:06

Already 4 degrees so should be able to get some work done in the butterfly garden .  With renewed enthusiasm after listening to Radio 4;s Open Country this morning about Winston Churchill' wildlife gardening.  Somethng else we had in common to add to writing, love of history, painting, and patriotism.  It does not seem possible he has been gone 50 years.  I have the complete set of his diaries of the Second World War and may reread them this year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:11

I waited till the frost had gone from the rooftops then tackled a corner of the butterfly garden, to the accompaniment of much birdsong as the birds thought the bright sunshine must mean mating season was here.  I said hello to lots of new self seeded snowdrops making a mental note to check later for any unusual ones as the famous variety named "Trym" was discovered in a garden in the next village to ours.   Now I am really hungry for my lunch with tingling pink cheeks and the green wheeliebin which was emptied this morning is beginning to groan again.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:39

It was, flumpy1.  My goodness it is cold this morning -3degrees still in Bristol and set to reach 7 degrees which would be fine for working in but looks like I will have to wait a bit.  White roofs and grass everywhere I look out of the windows.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 10:20

Dry but still cold in Bristol today.  Keeping to my brief I recycled some flowers from my "Golden Jubilee in my Garden"


cake from last July to decorate my friend'sfavourite coffee and walnut cake for his birthday.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 08:36

Make the most of Saturday, Fruitcake,  It is evedently going to be just a short let up in this freezing weather.  This morning is a little milder but still only 2degrees.  But I have a good excuse to stay in with a birthday cake to make and a birthday special lunch to prepare for my friend.  About lunchtime before the dry weather breaks and in a promised 5degrees I will fill up the green wheeliebin in readiness for being emptied on Friday as we are returning to the normal day after the Xmas break.  I bet there are lots more of my snowdrops blooming now o may take my camera up into the buttterfly garden.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 16:16

OK, noted. TY/

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:52

Oh my it sleeted down on me so no gardening done today but I did get to the shops for fresh eggs as I have a birthday cake to make tomorrow for a friend.  The only parts of me exposed to the weather were my nose and chin and both were freezing.  I am sure today with no sunshine felt much colder  than yesterday.  Forecast is for mild weather again at the weekend so will save jobs till then

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