Shrinking Violet


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If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: Yesterday at 19:14

I have to bow down to the experience that has been offered regarding India;  my only (vicarious) experience was of the "Marigold Hotel" variety.  I have never wanted to visit what I thought of as a hot, dusty and crowded place.


Vishu - you have made me think again.  Thank you.

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Posted: Yesterday at 19:08

DHR - I just love it.  The lights really do make Christmas extra special.


We have a "village" of David Winter cottages which we have lit with LED lights that also work on a timer.  With a snow effect and the little lights, it really does look quite festive.


I also have some Ladro figurines (inherited from MiL) and light those - an angel with a crib, figures like a shepherd, another with a little pig in her arms.  Not a full-blown nativity, but a nod to the meaning of Christmas, and I just love it. 


Unfortunately, I can't get the camera to take a decent pic of either - you'll just have to take my word for it

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Posted: Yesterday at 17:07

Just a quick update - and thanks for all advice re the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis:  I haven't tried the cold bottle yet - but even the rolling pin is showing some signs of improving the condition.  Fingers crossed it's not a false dawn (but I shall persist).

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: Yesterday at 17:04

An eye-opener indeed.  In my ignorance, it had never occurred to me that there would/could be ski-ing in India!


Isn't it amazing - we gardeners always want something we can't have!  Tropical plants as indoor specimens, acid lovers in tubs because our soil is chalky etc.  We would give our eye teeth for some of India's exotics - and Vishu hankers for tulips.  Never satisfied, are we?

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Posted: 07/12/2016 at 22:56

aym:  rolling pin not as easy as it looks - but I will persist!  Also aim to get the magnesium and B5 tomorrow.  Here's hoping for good results.


btw I looked up Berwick Street Market:  I quailed when I saw that is now the home for "concept traders".  The heart of it seems to have been ripped out.  Along with Camden Passage.  And so many other parts of a vibrant city.  Oh, well, it seems I'm just getting old(er)!

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 19:17

I haven't peeked at others' selections, so here are my top three (in no particular order) . . . . . . . .


hmmmmmmmmm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


3.  A Red Poinsettia


2.  A Red Poinsettia


1.  A Red Poinsettia


I can't think of anything that says "Christmas" better than this.  (note:  a pink one, a white one or a sort-of-variegated-pink one just won't cut the mustard imo)

Last edited: 07 December 2016 19:19:27

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Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:29

aym - I'm not sure that I do miss the buzz of London tbh.  It's not the same city that it used to be.  Yes, it's more cosmopolitan, but I have got out of the habit of crowds and hop-skipping-and-jumping around all those tourists (often with huge back packs that they swing round!) who stand gawping at their surroundings and generally getting in the way. 


I was working there as the new Covent garden was being redeveloped.  That was quite exciting and, of course, the exorbitant prices charged these days for a cup of coffee just because it is Covent Garden, hadn't been invented at that time!


Berwick Street Market was in Soho - not as fashionable as now, and still a bit risqué.  But a dynamic street market that catered for Londoners rather than tourists.  I wonder what it would be like today?


And then there were all those little streets and backways that had survived the Blitz, and were fabulous if you knew your way round.  You could buy all sorts of bits and bobs at reasonable prices - I bet it would be a different story today.


And I certainly don't miss the commute on the underground - never a seat, packed in like sardines and sharing your personal space with all sorts!  I think I prefer to rusticate down here in Devon.

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Posted: 06/12/2016 at 20:53

aym - many thanks.  I've looked at the YouTube link (and there are lots more - why are they all American???)  Any way - I already take glucosamine,  fish oil supplements, and will add magnesium and Vit B5.  Plus - out with the rolling pin, and exercise each day, plus the stretching etc as recommended.  I so hope that it works - I'm fed up with not being able to exercise regularly, and need to be able to walk without pain.  So fingers (and toes?) crossed. 


Re St Martin's lane:  my office was on the 12th floor, so I looked out across Trafalgar Square which, at this time of year, would have the huge Christmas tree donated by the Norwegian people. It was lit with plain white lights.  Who needed anything else?  It was a decoration to marvel at (and regret when it was later removed after the festive season). 

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Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:40

aym - point me in the direction of the exercises for Plantar Fasciitis pleeeeease!  I am suffering constantly.  Nothing thus far has had any impact.  All advice gratefully received!

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Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:37

Those Wedgewood baubles are superb!  I've never seen them before, and am in awe of such a lovely "tree" and the subtle blue and white theme.


This year I have opted for silver and white.  I have had white lights since the early 1970s (before it became fashionable, and before they were easily available).  I had seen them in Austria on an early Ski-ing holiday, and was much taken with the simplicity of plain white lights;  My first set was bought in Berwick Street Market, since I was working in Upper St Martin's Lane in the centre of London at the time, and you couldn't buy them generally.  I was very proud of them, and they lasted for years!  I had a silver and white artificial tree, and my mother and I scoured the local shops for red baubles (at a time when everything was automatically multi-coloured).  The effect was lovely, and brought many local compliments - the tree stood in the bay window at the front of the house.  Such a colour scheme is almost taken for granted these days.


The clear glass baubles also take me back to Austria:  Salzburg Christkindlmarkt was a joy of classy tree decorations, the like of which had rarely been seen in the UK.  I acquired a few (for the second tree at home) and they were much prized, but oh, so fragile!


Today OH and I went to a large GC near Exeter;  the range of Christmas decorations, themed by colour, is breath-taking, and we felt obliged to purchase a few more white clip-on flowers and some clear icicles for the tree! 


Next year may be a gold theme - who knows?  But I just love the preparation and anticipation of Christmas!

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