Oh Brother!

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.

Grow Write Repeat. 1,2,3…

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28th September 2020.

Cheering Up My Monday #4

10th January 2017

Already there has been a short stretch in the length of the day. It may not be noticeable yet, but I’ve tracked it. Usually, it’s about the third week of January that we hear people saying: “Isn’t there a great stretch in the evening?” In fact, there’s a short stretch in the morning too!

Sunrise and sunset times

So, during my five-minute ramble down the garden today, I noticed several interesting things. Well, interesting to me anyhow. Here are three:

A rainwater-butt is something worth having, yet during winter when it’s full I rarely need water! Yet in late spring and summer, when I’ll need it, there’s likely to be less water there. I will not worry too much about this. It’s just the way things are!

Rain, rain, come again!

There is a tiny vent under each of the windows of our “Seomra”, the self-contained room that serves so many purposes. Within one of the vents there lives a rather large spider. She was not to be seen today, yet I know she’s there.

Home to one spider

During winter, when many plants are cut back and only visible by looking closely, I sometimes come across a plant label which is normally not visible during the summer. I usually leave some labels in place for a few years, particularly if the plant is not easily identifiable to me. I might know the plant name, but not the variety, so this is very helpful. Well, it is to me anyway! In this case it’s geranium Rosanne, otherwise known as cranesbill (an RHS Award of Merit winner).

Geranium rozanne

Naturally, my five-minute ramble also brings to my attention some small or large tasks needing completion. Today was just one of those lovely days where I noticed winter perfection, so the task list, building up gradually from time to time, did not get any bigger. Now, there’s another thing to be thankful for!

Until the next time, enjoy your gardening,

Pádraig, 10th January 2017.