Sunday, 22 May 2016
Things To Be Glad Of.....
Thirty-one Things To Be Glad Of....
1. Teddy and Poppy. Pop's back to getting her 'funnies' - she reacts to something in warmer seasons and spends several hours feeling small and blue, shivery and uncomfortable. Cod liver oil capsules and healing help but she is very much my dog whenever these things occur and won't leave my side. Ted tries to help by licking her nose but you know it's serious when Pop doesn't want to play.
2. Red-Headed Cardinal Beetles who have just started to appear in the garden, along with a much rarer click beetle (cue enormous excitement from me and eye rolling from the rest of the family).
3. Orangey/red geum up by the pond. Beautiful.
4. Homemade knitting needle roll with V&A fabric.
5. Red Tailed Queen Bee nectaring on the lilac this afternoon.
6. Waiting for almost two hours in the pouring rain at Dunbridge Station to see the Flying Scotsman go past and jovially telling one another 'wouldn't it be funny if, after waiting all this time, a train pulled up at just the wrong moment and blocked the view?' only for a train to pull up at just the wrong moment and block the view. We all pelted down the platform and caught it as it disappeared. The station was full to bursting and everyone fell about laughing. Thank goodness for a British Sense Of Humour.
7.Watching Mr & Mrs Bullfinch taking turns to catch dandelion seed heads.
8.Orange Tip male visiting the garden and sitting still.
9. Dock Bugs and Woundwort Shieldbugs mating.
10.Lots of Red Campion blooming.
11. Mrs Sparrow finally bringing her child into the garden (she is very sweet and has been working hard to copy all the adults. I waste hours watching her hopping about).
12. Dicentra, recovering from a hard winter.
13. A Large White nectaring on the lilac.
14. Bee Mimic Hoverflies (Criorhina spp.).
15. Large Red Damsels eclosing from the pond :o)
16. Homemade Marshmallow Rice Crispy cakes (they were so good I had to send M to work with the rest of them to stop myself scoffing the lot).
17. Mrs Orange Tip nectaring on the lilac.
18. Mrs Crab Spider surviving the drama that was 'lawn-mower-gate' yesterday when someone (husband) knocked her flower down!!!!! I tied it back up to some bamboo and, once she'd got over the sudden plunging of her flower earthwards, she settled back into poised-to-pounce-on-bees mode and recovered her aplomb remarkably well. When it later poured with rain she sensibly moved underneath the flower and sat there sheltering from the storm quite happily. Her husband has swung off to another patch of ox-eyes. I found him hanging out on them looking about with a beady eye for another Mrs Crab Spider. I was not Very Pleased and admonished him for his loose morals. I think he winked at me, so I don't hold out much hope for a happy and long-lasting marriage. It's probably the stripes. It makes him rakish.
19. The wildflower patch, which is providing endless hours of insecty entertainment (for me).
20. Brian, who is growing nicely.
21. Wholenut chocolate. I don't need to say anymore on that score, do I?
22. Fabric. Ditto #21.
23. A box of ribbon. Ditto #21 and # 22.
24. Not shrinking my favourite cardi in the wash.
25. Being old enough to wear novelty slippers and not having to pretend it's done ironically.
26. My snowdrop cushion. M considers it pointless as it sits on an old farmhouse chair in the bedroom which no one ever uses as a chair. This is because he is a MAN and programmed to consider all cushions that aren't bed pillows pointless. No woman ever considered a snowdrop cushion pointless, regardless of where it is positioned.
27. Fresh salad leaves straight from the garden onto the plate, washed by the rain, potentially containing the odd slug and dock bug.
28. Seeds growing. A tiny miracle every one, no?
29. A box of cotton reels. Sewers and crafters will get it, right? :o)
30. The first wasp beetle of the year.
31. CJ's rhubarb shortbread recipe. Try it, it's de-lish-us.
May is a month to be glad of, I think.
Hope all are well? Wishing you all a good week ahead,