Thursday, March 27, 2008


pots on the doorsteps, always a nice welcome home.
primula 'marie crouse'
primula 'pettycoats'
and an unusual frilly, pale daffodill. its come up in the border and I don't think there's very many of them, my favourite ones are an apricot colour but think they come up quite late.

Monday, March 24, 2008

across the Clyde

the sun catches one hill as the hill behind is obscured by snow, a brave sailor out in the cold! they're beating against the wind here, and probably came back the way at twice the speed!
it looks more dramatic in 'real life' the snow flurries drift across the hills. the water was very choppy, I wouldn't like to have been out kayaking today.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

easter sunday

this is flake Rosie made last year
many easter blessings

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

after a realy bad day

this made me laugh so I thought I'd share it. its from Lolcats

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Book meme

image by Josephine Wall

thankyou to Bonnie for tagging me with this one

The Open Book Meme:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open it at page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence/ phrase.
4. Blog the next four sentences/ phrases together with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig your shelves for that very special or intellectual book.
6. Pass it forward to six friends

jings, here's what came out of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, by Thom Hartmann. I bought it with part of my christmas book money as its been on my permaculture list of things to read for a while.

=The notion that we're "of course" destined to donimate whatever we can had far-reaching implications. This "story about how things are" literally changed the world, often in very brutal ways.
It was the basis for the philosophy used to rationalize the Imperial Conquest of most of the world by Britain. It was the basis of Manifest Destiny in America, in which Congress decided that their idea of god wanted us to take over the continent, so we killed anyone who got in our way, resulting in the murder of tens of millions of Native Americans.=

this short extract may not make sense as its a 'part of the whole', and you really need the 'whole'. its a very good book , I suggest everybody should read it, get it from your local library if you can. its full of cheery stuff about the world and the energy as we know it running out and all of us probably dying a long and painful death, which we might deserve. . . .

and I'm going to do my usual and not name people to do(something to do with hating chain letters) this but if you want to have a go leave a yes in the comments.

Friday, March 14, 2008

sheltering. .

I am inside the greenhouse looking out at this. . .
todays project is putting this lot back together
to make another bench, it'll get dismantled as I need a clear side to let the tomato plants grow tall.
here's the onion seeds, doing their mad 'hat dance'
and I'm starting to plant up more things, here are leeks, celeriac, sweet-peas and marigolds. they are all fairly hardy, I'm waiting a couple more weeks before starting everything else. a little warmer and I can put the onions out into a cold frame and clear up some space for the mad planting session to come.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights...

Lowa tagged me!

8 Things I'm Passionate About:

Rosie, her mothers day card to me read "I'm smiling because your my mother and laughing because there's nothing you can do about it" sweet child.
cats, mine first, then everybody elses.
horses, Robbie and Smokey first, then every horse in the world.
sea-kayaking, in Scotland of course.
Scotland, of course!
growing vegetables, actually gardening in general including cutting the grass
Quantum Savvy, see link in side bar

8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die:

go to Canada again, I have been once to visit friends.
go to the USA again, I have been once to visit friends.
go to Italy again, I have been once also to visit friends, note that I prefer to holiday in Scotland!!
get out of debt(not likely if I do the above three!)
enourage as many people as possible to grow some food even if its only lettuce in a pot on the windowsill.
win the lottery, ha, dream on. . .
own a horse, only likely if I win the lottery
get another dog, the kitties will not be happy . .

8 Things I Say Often:

aww, wee kitty
aww, nice horsey
tidy your room

8 Books I've Read Recently:

currenty reading 'The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight', its great but now I feel like killing myself as theres no hope.
Squarefoot Gardening, Mathew Bartholomew. this is my veg growing bible!
Crow Stone, fiction by Jenni Mills, very good read.
Remind me again Why I Need a Man, fiction by Claudia Carroll, this is hysterical and I laughed most of the way through, related to a lot of it!
anything by David Eddings, have most of them on the bookshelf
anything by Stephen Donaldson, have most of them too.
anything science fiction/fantasy/horror , working my way round the local library!

8 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over:(drifted into artists as I can't pick out favourites)

Mercy, by Duffy. can't actually believe I love something thats been number one in the UK charts for a month. me. modern music?
The Rising Sun, The Animals, an eternal classic.
Doc and Merle Watson
Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz
The Beatles
7 cant think..
8 ditto...

8 Things That Attract Me to my Best Friends:

Their ability to put up with the smell of horse.
That they like cats.
They tend not to have small children( sorry Fiona!!)
they can cook better than me, not hard
they like to invite me to eat at theirs
kayakers automaticaly join friends list
running out of reasons, i dunno....
sometimes theres no reason you just like people!

then your meant to tag-------
8 People I Think Should Do Crazy Eights:

but I'm running out of time and have to go to work so I'd like you to decide to join in youself and leave a link in the comments if your doing one.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

home cats

Tansy and Daisy, practicing the matching bookends effect
sunshine for a brief moment

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

stable kittens

as I muck out the stables I open the bags of shavings for bedding, the cats seem to like to curl up and go to sleep in them. then I chuck them out as I need to use them.
and here they are all cuddled up nice and warm on a horse blanket. . which I had to chuck them off as it was needed back on the horse. . .poor things, they must just see me as a disturber of sleep.

Monday, March 03, 2008


I stopped at the garden centre on the way home for essentials and these deer were grazing in the field behind. this is my zoom on maximum. it was nice to see them, and the garden centre was very quiet. . .no gardening today!