Friday, 12 July 2013


I love scented flowers. We have a honeysuckle plant clambering up the wall outside our back door.  I don't know how it came to be there. Perhaps the birds dropped a seed a few years back. Honeysuckle grows where it will and early this morning, the perfume was breathe-it-all-in intoxicating.

Last October, I sowed some sweet pea seeds from a few pods left over from the previous flowers. Surprisingly enough, quite a few of them germinated and I planted them out in the poly tunnel. They've been flowering steadily for the last three weeks.  Picked another fresh bunch this morning to put in my kitchen. Don't they boost your morale. The scent is wonderful.

Loads of Astrantia and daisies out in my garden. They smell  a bit pungent, but  look nice, so I can forgive them for that.

This rose has been growing in our garden for over sixty years. My O/H remembers it when he used to walk past on his way to primary school. It's a rambler and grows alongside the cast iron gate leading on to the single track road. It's double pale pink and the perfume is out of this world. No idea what it's called.

The two roses below, I bought from Woolies when they were in business. They're climbers. The red one is called Red Windsor. The petals have a deep velvety feel and the perfume is gorgeous. The pink one is a climber too and grows on the side of the little garage. Can't remember the name? They seem to grow every year come what may.

Why do they sell those soulless, un-perfumed, cellophane wrapped bunches in supermarkets and at petrol stations. I hate them.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Confused, beggared and bewildered

Google is making a whole lot of changes with Google reader apparently disappearing off the face of the earth. Now, I for one like Google reader and have all my favourite blogs (bloggers) listed there - easy to access - easy to read.
I came across a site called
Up to 15th July, they're giving us the option of copying our own sites to hard disk - have a look, see what you think. Anyway, followed the instructions, spent over an hour downloading the bits I wanted to keep. Oh all right maybe my computer isn't the fastest thing on two gigabytes, but I like it. Got them downloaded and then bingo - can't open the files. Did it all over again - no joy. I filled in the survey and told them that as far as I was concerned it was as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Trying out the bloglovin thing. Still not a clue what I'm doing - any help would be so much appreciated.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Across the Sea

For the people of Arizona and for the families of those nineteen brave fire fighters and for all who have lost their lives in those terrible infernos - our thoughts and prayers are with you, right now.