Social media

Just a very few words:  Give up social media if you know what’s good for you, for others and for the planet.  How about a few little hashtags too:


You know it makes sense not to be on that all day.


Tap the window

tap on the window treeAs you can see, the tree at my sister’s old house used to tap on the window, but my how the tree and the house has grown since!  They must have chopped off the branch that would tap on the window and this has made the tree lob sided.  The tree was far enough away from the house not to disturb the foundations, but look how they’ve built more house encroaching on the tree and probably meaning they will ask for it to be culled.  I wonder if they will find pellets in the bark the hard way from where my nephew put a target for practice?  Guessing they never did an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) when they applied for the extention.

One so far

Red oneI have planted many garden tomatoes called Outdoor Girl into bales, pots, straight into the ground.  Yet the very first red tomato so far, is from an up~side~down patio tomato growing in the lean~to.  In Japan it is lovely custom and gesture, to give the first of the fruits or veg to someone important in your life (usually a boss).  I’m leaving it for hubby to pick and enjoy, this will give me the giving joy.  Love

Sorry to anyone reading this who is colour blind, as the image is mostly green with one being red.


Lots of sunshine kisses!!

So it all started as cuttings from a yellow raspberry growing in the garden, then more from them, then some more and now I’m picking so many yellow raspberries! You see, the birds think they are not ripe and leave them for me (cannot be said for the strawberries though).

Anyways, I’ve made some “Golden Sunshine Kisses in a Jar”.  The simple recipe:  I boiled them, let the juice cool a little and then drip through a kilner cloth, added sugar and Pure marg, boiled it all up again and bottled it.  The consistency is a sort of gelatinous syrup, with a margarine top to help it to keep better.

kissesWhy call it “Golden Sunshine Kisses in a Jar”?  Well because so many times my hubby asks “What is it dear?” at meal times and I mentioned this to a friend who suggested I create some really interesting names for my creations.  So there we have it:



A little blog post I made earlier, all about the lovely summer carnivorous, flappy round the drinkies, don’t touch me I’m busy: WASPS!!!   Here’s the educational bit:  Around 125 million years ago when flowering plants evolved, some wasps found nectar and pollen and switched to a vegetarian diet.  These were the descendants of our beloved:  BEES.

Well, some bees still look very wasp like, and by the way wasps are good guys too you know.  I’ll hear none of this “Bees are good, wasps are bad” crap.  With their quick action to the call of Security! and eating vegetation pests, they are all like: “Clean up on aisle three” Along with bees, they are another vital part of our delicate, wonderfully complex, fascinating ecosystem, so please don’t waste their life and harm them.

I can still hear the cry of “Vasps!” from our Dutch friends in my minds eye, bless ’em with their flappy, flappy, flip flops in the garden being chased by an imaginary dragon.


Here’s the French bit:

Wasp = Guêpe

Bee = Abeille



I have been bringing on quinoa seed in pots in my bedroom window.  Many write that I needed to plant the seeds straight out into the ground, but we have slugs and snails here a plenty and fully grown up men sons… (puppy dog tale).

Apparently the flowers will look lovely and I intend to plant them in a group, not a row.  I’m already thinking of the harvest of the little gems, the seed, which is a source of a complete protein, unlike a lot of other veggie foods I eat.

Anyways, I have to be patient (something I am good at) and wait till the leaves fall, when my thumb nail sees it’s harder to indent the seed and perhaps the birds are getting interested.  These are the things I get excited about, looking at the potential of handsome green healthy plants with a promise growing in my window, with the gentle thoughts of

we will see, this way or that, we will indeed see…



Lundi poemand for the French translations:

Aujourd’hui = Today

Lundi = Monday

Jardin = Garden

Humain = Human

It looks like a doing day in the garden pour moi (for me), with a gentle breeze, a few clouds, so not too much sun and a stack of things to pot on, weed out and just enjoy finding out there in the sod.

Outside memory stick

Let’s face it, I use this blog not so much to share with the world and all who sail on her as you would think, but there’s a little bit more of this being used as an outside memory stick.  To put things down (was just about to type “on paper”) so to speak.  You see, not only might I bump my noggin one day in the garden weeding or when prancing about belly dancing in the lounge laughing, but maybe being my outspoken self {{{giggles}}} when some (we won’t use expletives so early in the morning) might take it on themselves to bash me on the noggin believing their stressful thoughts about me or because of their own unmet needs as they might feel obliged to be a violent (and again we won’t use expletives so early in the morning) and to be honest I bloody well pity the buggers.  

So maybe this blog is a bit like for future reference, saving my ideas… oh geez, I was so close to using that four letter swear word @?!#!~ BANK ~@?!#!  

Oh wait:  “Why share?”  Well let’s face it not many are reading this, but still:  The World needs random kindness words, vegan recipes, peaceful thoughts shared etc and the like… regardless!  For the most part this is semi anonymous and is semi log book, semi how~to that you can pick up or put down at leisure.  Will anyone read it?  I just did (as I wrote it).  It was okay, I liked what I typed and who I am to judge thoughts that are like flying insects that land where they will.  I do however work at being kind, not only to others, but also to myself and I recommend that to anyone as a good life to practice, practice, practice that kindness and compassion.  We can all get angry, upset seeing the unkind and the uncompassionate, but we might be them if we don’t question our thoughts.

Basically, don’t just “Get a life” but “Get into being a kind life and live out that adventure, practising kindness to the very end!”

a kind life.


The French translation bit:

Une = A

Vie = Life

Compatissante = Compassionate


guaranteedWow, just wow!  I collected some out-of-date seed packets from Freecyclers a few years ago, to do some germination experiments on soil types with out-of-date seeds.  One of the packets was open with only a very few seeds in, so because I needed plenty of same type seeds, I left that packet to one side.  So these seeds are now really old right? and the person must have used at least one seed out of the packet right?  and when the packet says there’s 8 plants and I put all the seeds in one pot and “Wow!” get 7 baby aubergine plants come up, well it means that when these folks said germination guaranteed they really bloody meant it!