So here we all are, venturing bravely into a brand new year, all with our own individual hopes and dreams…..here’s hoping they all come true! Each New Year’s Eve I put together a little good luck pack which I wrap in silver paper. All the items in it are associated with good luck, good health and prosperity. I then clean and polish the house and prepare a variety of food, as I like to start the New Year as I mean to go on. Then it’s always Hubs who lets the New Year in and immediately opens the good luck pack, inviting positive energy into our home. I don’t tend to make New Year resolutions, instead I just like to make a few plans and move in their direction. Do any of you have such traditions?
Now that all the decorations are down the house is clean and tidy once again. The odd bit of Christmas cake and sweets still linger but now it’s just the warmth and cosyness of shimmering scented candles which I light as soon as the light fades, then I curl up with a good book….y’see, there are a few advantages to winter.
And now I am another year older. My birthday is on the 2nd of January which is a really dismal date to have a birthday on. By this time, everyone, including me has had enough of celebrating, so I pity my poor family and friends who once again have to dig deep and try to make an effort to be jolly for my birthday. So a wonderful evening out was enjoyed and even more plants are making their way to my garden….some exotic stunners…but more about them another time
Btw….see that mistletoe behind me on the wall, well I only bought it for the berries on it which I have now embedded in my old apple tree, wouldn’t it be lovely if they established and this time next year I have my own mistletoe???
Despite having torrential rain and horrendous winds, the winter to date has been really mild considering. Despite this, Herbie began to lose weight while hibernating in the greenhouse. When his weight dropped to 620 grams I decided to bring him in, so he’s been indoors for a few weeks. Once in the warmth of the house, Herbie instantly came out of hibernation and stuffed himself silly and he now weighs 840 grams so I think I shall put him back out tomorrow.
My garlic and beans are growing well in the veggie patch along with the onions and spinach….
Unlike my newly planted lavender hedge which the dogs have beaten down to within an inch of it’s life….still I have all the broken bits in the greenhouse where hopefully they will grow into new plants.
Talking of the greenhouse, I still actually have chilies growing in there….how amazing is that? And everywhere I look in the garden I see signs of new life. Bulbs are beginning to pop up and buds are already forming on many plants, and seedlings of poached egg plant and honesty seem to be everywhere. And the anemone leaves are now out!!!
While on the subject of seedlings…..the other day I noticed this little shoot growing in one of my pots. I gently pulled it out and discovered to my amazement that it’s a peanut….fancy that! And growing in winter too. So I potted it up and it’s now in the greenhouse. I really hope it keeps growing. I know the culprit, it’s a red squirrel which I am pleased to hear are making a comeback after being decimated by the poxy virus.
So many fantastic Christmas presents…I can’t wait for spring!
I’ve had a ball planting all my Christmas plants….
And finally….. I’ve heard of two people who died very young recently, not people well known to me but very, very sad for the families. This has served as a reminder for me to live in, and enjoy the present, for that’s what it is….a gift. So if I was to make a New Year’s resolution it would be to appreciate what I have and all the beauty in this world that comes free of charge.
Oh yes…..and maybe I should resolve to grow a cactus…..I’ve never managed it to date!