Monday, 31 March 2014

Things that make me happy 89 and 90/365

89. Four Mother's Day cards

90. Vegan nut and mushroom Wellington with swede, leeks, roast parsnips and roast potatoes, all cooked for us by GO, and very tasty it was.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Things that make me happy 88/365

Doing the Saturday Times crossword with GM

Friday, 28 March 2014

Things that make me happy 87/365

Sometimes only a Mars bar will hit the spot that needs hitting.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Things that make me happy 86/365

New shoots on the gooseberry plants

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Zizo - Zoom in, zoom out

I've seen several blog posts on this meme, although I'm not actually linking up to anything. (Actually, mine is a Zozi, 'cos I start with the zoom out).

This tea caddy came free with my last purchase of Twinings English Breakfast teabags.

For a couple of weeks I thought it was just an interesting snowflake-type pattern on it, then one day I looked closer at it, and noticed . . .

. . . all the snowflake patterns are made up of teapots, cups, saucers, spoons, kettles and jugs! Cuppa, anyone?

later addition, p.s. Thanks to Miriam, I've found the link-up page, so I've added mine, 'ere 'tis

Things that make me happy 85/365

New raspberry canes (root runners from last year's original)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Things that make me happy 84/365

New growth in the garden. I have to say that I'm really upset at the way blogger wants to lighten up all my photos, this one, like yesterdays, was deliberately darkened around the edges for dramatic effect, and blogger has lightened it up. If this continues, I may have to change to a different blog host.

Never mind, this photo still makes me happy, as it's lovely to see so much new growth in the garden.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Things that make me happy 83/365

I've probably posted this before, but a lovely sunrise over the Plain as seen from my studio always makes me smile, with the promise of a good day to come.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Things that make me happy 82/365

A lunch-time trip out to a quiet country lane just to the east of Maiden Bradley.
Great that the grass verges are now solid enough to pull up on.
Picnic in the car - there was a chilly wind.
Saw several large birds, one I think was an owl, unable to capture with camera though as too far away.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Things that make me happy 81/365

I make no apologies for once again showing a picture of the park

Friday, 21 March 2014

Things that make me happy 80/365

Home-made cottage pie, one of my all-time favourites.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Things that make me happy 79/365

My little cooking corner of the kitchen

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Things that make me happy, 78/365

At long last it was dry enough for the grass to have its first cut of the year.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Things that make me happy 77/365

We have a cat, so we don't see that many birds in our garden, as she makes her presence felt as soon as they appear. This feeder is strategically placed so that she is unable to reach it (well, that's the theory), so I'm hoping to see more in the way of birdlife this year, from my utility room window. Hello Mr/Mrs Pigeon, welcome to Daisy Row.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Things that make me happy 76/365

The knitting is coming along nicely, I mostly knit evenings if the TV is on. I dont like to "waste" time while watching TV, so I always have something on the go. This will be a winter sweater for me.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Things that make me happy, 75/365

Daffodils, everywhere. I planted loads of bulbs last autumn and now they are all in flower and looking so cheerful.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Things that make me happy 74/365

Seed sowing in the conservatory

Friday, 14 March 2014

A couple of recent outings

My blogging of late has been restricted to my 365, for no other reason than that I've simply been busy doing other things away from the computer, but with a few moments to spare I thought I would show you snaps from a couple of recent outings.

The first was a lunchtime trip to the edge of the Plain just to the north of Heytesbury. As we usually do, we took a picnic lunch, and found a pleasant place to stop and admire the scenery.

This trip was a couple of weeks ago, and there were still signs of the recent flooding

and a badger's set

The other trip out was earlier this week. GM's birthday dawned bright and sunny so we took an early morning walk down to the park and around the lake.

Things that make me happy, no. 73/365

I'm very grateful to GM for buying me these two bags of potting compost, which are just waiting to be put to good use, very soon now.

Thursday, 13 March 2014


72. More books, just a small sample of our gardening ones this time, in the sitting room.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Just a little woohoo here, this morning I have passed the 75,000 page views for my little blog.

71. We have loads of books, all over the place. On the landing is a little wooden shelf, devoted solely to Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

69 and 70/365

69. GM, the birthday boy. We made the most of the early morning sunshine and took a walk around the lake.

70. Our lovely new grandmother clock, not a birthday present for GM but a present for us from us.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

68/365 Calla Lily

GM's birthday is fast approaching, but as it falls on a weekday, GO and EG, who are both working professionals now, wont be able to visit on the day, and as EG's mum's birthday is today and they will be visiting her, they came to us yesterday, bringing GM's gift (which he is saving for THE day) and a lovely Calla Lily for me, caught here in this morning's early sunshine.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

67/365 The park

I've mentioned the park several times already this year, which is hardly surprising, as we tend to walk through it most days. But yesterday was a little bit different. I went out ahead of GM as I needed to go to the post office, and there's nearly always a long queue and a 10-15 minute wait. When I got to the post office there was no queue, so I was in and out in a couple of minutes, and with over ten minutes to spare before our rendezvous I made my way back to the park and sat down for a few minutes to enjoy the peacefully quiet moment.

Friday, 7 March 2014

66/365 A country lane

As we are still fairly new to this part of Wiltshire (we moved here in April 2012) there is still a lot of exploring to be done. We look at the map, pinpoint a spot we've never been before and then go there. This is where we ended up the other day, it's a bit to the north of Heytesbury, on a road to nowhere (that's not strictly true, the road actually goes to Imber, but is closed off to civilian use just round the distant bend).

Thursday, 6 March 2014

65/365 Planter

On my recent trip to Surrey I was delighted to receive a late Christmas present from my lovely DiL JO, it is actually a milk-bottle carrier, but as we no longer have our milk delivered daily, I'm going to use it as a plant-pot holder instead. Later in the year I'll show it filled with pelargoniums, but for now here's just a brief glimpse of the "handle". Isn't it fun? There's also a matching cook-book holder, which I shall show another time, when it has a cook-book in it.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Three things which make me really happy and which I am grateful for all in one picture, my gorgeous husband GM, my lovely car Maisie and the amazing Wiltshire countryside in which we live.

Five on the fifth

It's March, and like my friend Sandie, who runs this meme, I'm getting itchy fingers. I'm clearing and cleaning my conservatory (my greenhouse) and getting ready for the new growing season. I've despatched GM to buy me two packs of potting compost. I can't wait to get out and do things in the garden. But wait I must, it's still far too wet to tackle anything, but while waiting I am also looking, and this is what I see.



Paeony shoots

Raindrops on a tulip leaf

Soldiers and Sailors

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

63/365 Knitting

I love to knit, I've been doing it since I was five years old, and it's always fun to start on a new project. I'll be posting progress weekly on this one, as it's likely to take me a few months.

Monday, 3 March 2014

62/365 Garden birds

All winter long I've been leaving food out for the birds, and, apart from a few jackdaws, all we've seen have been lots of pigeons, which seem to dominate and frighten off the smaller birds (or is that Cassie?).

Sunday, 2 March 2014

61/365 and views from my windows 1st March

61/365 This just happens to be the view from my studio window very early in the morning, I really love it and will never tire of seeing the sun rising over Salisbury Plain

The other monthly views are as follows:
The kitchen, again early in the morning as the sun rises over a very frosty garden

The lounge, GM has been hacking away at the brick pillar, we have lots of daffs almost out, and the grass needs cutting

The bedroom, my car covered in frost

From outside the back door I zoomed in on some Hellebores which are open and some more daffs almost open.

and a zoom on the garden to some more hellebores, and frosty grass which needs cutting.