It’s Monday and I’m cheering myself up again. I’m combining Cheering Up My Monday with another of my sometimes forgotten regular features, Just Three Things. Cheering Up my Monday is self-explanatory. What’s Just Three Things about? Simply put, it’s three things I’ve noticed today and three things that need doing.
I’m delighted with my forward planning project which is almost complete. At present I have about 60 seed packets, many of which will be started in the heated propagator in the New Year and then transferred to the glasshouse to grow on. Last year I simply did not have enough space. With this in mind, I made a start last week to put in more shelving and the job is almost complete. Three shelves are finished and the final one will be finished when the extra timber arrives. I’m very happy with the outcome, so much so that I have decided to put an extra shelf on the other side too.
I sat down on the bockety glasshouse chair to admire my work, only to find that my extra weight damaged the fabric. I did try to effect emergency repairs by tightening the screws but they did not hold. Plan B, therefore, and the seat is now comfortable and safe. Cable ties are great for tying stuff, but it’s a first for me to use them in such a situation.
It’s raining outside and the wind is whipping up. Tá gaoth láidir amuigh. So I’m sheltering inside and admiring my handiwork.
That’s enough work for the moment. What three things (just three) did I notice today, and what else did I see that needs doing?
Three Things I Noticed
The rotary clothes line is leaning because of prevailing wind.
The Avocado stone that rooted in the compost heap is nearly 30cm tall!
Several of the Begonias are still in flower. I’ve dumped the ones I don’t like.
Three Things To Be Prioritised
Finish the top shelf.
Sow the next batch of organic winter lettuce.
Put my feet up, on the new shelving. I shall upgrade this to top priority.
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Labelling with marker is a thing of the past. They faded in sunlight and were generally just not good. I had thought of getting a super-duper cheer-up-my-Monday labelling machine many years ago but I could not justify the cost. Finally, I purchased one and I am surprised with the quality and the value.
I got this Brother P-touch H110 in the post recently, and spent a while figuring it out. I’m not good with visual instructions but this is foolproof. I got the text-based instructions as a download and… Bob’s-your-uncle!
It uses 6xAAA batteries when down the garden and can be plugged into mains electricity when in the potting shed. Of course, I’m likely to drop it so I’ll be on the look out for an Otter-box lookalike.
Already, my recent Mondays have been cheered up. I know THINGS are not specifically meant to make me happy, but in this case, I’m happy that I have it! Actually, maybe it’s a bit of poopy-crap to impose thoughts that happiness arrived at from having things is not real? Rather than happy, I’ll just leave it at this: My Monday has been cheered up.
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Both sites keep track of all my plants and they fire out timely reminders of maintenance tasks to be attended to. Thanks to both, I never miss a trick.
The three varieties uploaded are Yokohama, Purissima and Orange Emperor. Actual planting to be completed soon. Of course, I do keep a paper record of things, plants I’ve bought, seed lists, what goes where, daily tasks to be done or completed, and so on. It’s great to look back on and I sometimes check up on myself with great satisfaction. But, as with many paper records, some day it’ll get lost or damaged. I suppose it’s good to have the best of both, paper and digital. In any event, it’s the same garden, same beauty, same work & enjoyment.
There was a passing shower just before midnight. The bad news is that it’s still passing through and the garden is drooping with the weight of water. Therefore, what better time to cheer myself up. It is Monday, after all.
The beautiful wedding is finished, I’ve had other good family news and I have interesting plans for the week ahead.
Happy Monday to me. Happy Monday also to you. I hope the passing rainclouds of life pass on quickly. Have a great week.
Geranium Rozanne is in full flower. One of my top ten plants, it brings me great joy. I had moved it about six weeks ago, not really an ideal time to do so. But I cut it back very hard at the time and now it has recovered completely.
I missed out on my semi-regular “Cheering up My Monday” feature yesterday. I had a lot on, so the camera didn’t appear until mid-morning today, and after a late-night session at my favourite Lady Belle in Dungarvan, there was a noticeable shake. I did succeed in getting some decent shots during my short walkabout. So, instead of Cheering up My Monday, here’s my Throbbing Tuesday update.
Three things I noticed:
The ornamental butterfly seems to be flying on one wing. Perhaps she’s had a rough time of it over Christmas. The front left spring has failed, and the suspension is askew. This little girl will require some TLC to bring her hack to some sort of equilibrium. A bit like myself today, really.
Droopy wing syndrome
My garden here in Dungarvan is directly beneath the main flight-path connecting North America with London and other major Western Europe airports including Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Knock. Today, as a result of clear skies and cool temperatures, the contrails were all over the place.
Noughts-and-crosses at 35,000 feet
We decorated the bare apple tree with Christmas baubles for the first time. They look great, and apart from a severe buffeting last week during Storm Barbara, they still retain their shine. I noticed when taking this shot, that the reflection of the photographer clad in lycra (me!), was faintly visible. (Perfect recipe for any viewers who are into men in lycra to zoom in for post-Christmas titillation!)
At A Plant Level
The sprouts were delicious. This year, as a first, we cooked them according to a very tasty recipe.
2 rashers, diced
1 red onion
lots of home-grown sprouts
Cook the sprouts in boiling water for six minutes. Meanwhile, fry the rashers and onion in oil. When sprouts are cooked, drain and then mix with rashers and onions on the pan for thirty seconds.
This was delicious with lamb, potatoes and roast vegetables (sweet potato, carrots, peppers, baby tomatoes)
Brussels sprouts “Roodnerf”
I planted two pots of the lovely daffodil Ziva during the Autumn. One had been inside over Christmas, and the other outside. I will swap them today, as the indoor heat means that this lovely flower struggles. Regular swapping every five days is the answer.
It’s another Monday, and time to begin another week. In the garden, the temperature has moved wildly. This morning it’s a very mild 8 celsius here in Abbeyside at 8am, and likely to hit 10C later. As against that, it dipped to minus 2 overnight on Friday.
These low temperatures are tough for plants. Most are able for the drop, and some actually revel in such conditions. I was out with the camera on Saturday to catch the cold.
This last one, known also as African Daisy, is staying wrapped up. We may think that plants don’t have any sense. This may make us think again! Why would we go outside when we can wrap up in a warm jacket? It’s the same with this little guy. The petals will remain tightly gathered to protect the core.
Note: O. jucundum is a perennial with aromatic grey-green leaves and daisy-like, white flowers, flushed purple with darker purple eyes in summer and autumn. I’m putting it on my list of favourite plants. Further info here (on my virtual welly footprint)
That’s it for this week. Next Monday is St. Stephen’s Day. Of course, I’ll be waiting with excitement for a white Christmas, but not sure that these fellas will!
This African daisy has been in bloom since May and brought great colour to the garden. Next year, I think I’ll grow the white one. Even now, approaching mid-December, there are still a number of flower heads despite five or six nights of heavy frost over the last two weeks. It has very definitely cheered up my Monday.