Saturday, 9 April 2016


Does this happen to you, or is it just me?

In September the hyacinth bulbs go on sale, so I buy (usually a pack of) three, in a different colour each year. I take them home, and, assiduously following the instructions on the pack, I plant them and put them away in a cool dark place and wait for them to emerge ready to flower and treat us with their delicious scent at Christmas.

But, of course, they never do, do they? Well, mine don't anyway. They feebly start to show at or around the end of November and then resolutely refuse to hasten their pace, so this is how they look through December.

So I then go out a week before and buy some ready blooming supermarket ones for the Festive table!

In the following spring I plant them out in the garden, whether they've flowered or not, and just forget about them.

Now, as I look out through the utility room window I am greeted by this display

and the scent is quite divine. I'm not sure how long these babies have been in the border, they certainly aren't last year's, so most probably they are the ones purchased to flower for Christmas 2014.

Which leads me to think that maybe I should start thinking about buying some now, to flower for Christmas 2017?

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Stationery Swap

Earlier this year I entered a Stationery Swap, organised by Tracy of Mad About Bags, I was partnered with Barbara, who blogs here although I dont think she has actually started her blogging career yet.

Anyhow, with life being what it is at the moment, I forgot to take any photos of what I sent her, and, although I received my swap bits in the post a while ago and photographed them, I've only just got round to editing them!

So, without further ado, this is what I received :

I apologise for the rather shoddy standard of my photography, the photos were taken in poor light and in a bit of a hurry. Thanks Barbara for being a great swap partner, and thanks Tracy for organising the swap.

A footnote for my regular reader:  life is very complicated at the moment so you wont see me around for a while, but please rest assured that I pop on to blogger most days and read your posts. Joy x x