Yes, it’s true.
The bug has well and truly been caught.
I am of course talking about the ukulele craze-a-roo that is swarming the country.
Can I quickly justify myself by saying that it is the most perfect little instrument to strum away to, while sitting outside, under a tree, with a tasty drink within an arm’s reach.
If you fancy giving into your inner musician, try these handy links:
For a beginner’s uke try here, (these really are not the most wonderful ones you can buy, but they’re cheap and aren’t too much of an investment if your husband/mother/cat wants to hide it after day 3).
For online tuning try here, (a godsend – especially for the neighbours).
To master those chords, this is a good site.
To learn how to play all of your favourite songs, this site is essential.
A really sweet touch to a special breakfast or brunch table.
These can be made a day or so in advance and then put out at the last minute.
You can make one per person for their place setting, or have groups of them strategically placed.
Place names can be incorporated into the design, but only if you want to be extremely fancy!
The only problem is where to put the boiled eggs!
This Hebe plant is the newest edition to my florist essentials garden.
(My ‘grand’ plan is to make a garden full of useful foliages, flowers for cutting and plants good for wiring).
I chose to have the vibrant, deep green variety of Hebe, but there are the most gorgeous purple tinted ones available. It was quite hard to choose… when I *ahem* got misdirected via the garden centre. Again.
Plus, it has the added bonus of wobbling like a jelly.
What’s not to love?!
A new and completely beautiful addition to the garden.
Papery, pinky loveliness.
Mr DF was not a fan at first because he said the name was too much like scabies.
He is beginning to be won over by the plant’s total gorgeous factor….
…and because it should keep flowering until October.
October I tell you!
(Obviously with a little dead-heading attention, of course).
Do you love it too?
I put it down to all of these cold, icy blasts getting right up and in between their feathers.
Most likely that would put us all in a bit of a miff.
To cheer them up, I promised that I would grow them some lettuces.
Once the plants are looking juicy enough, I will give the hens the whole pot plus lettuce and let them have a party.
As you can see, we’re a little far off from the lettuce-extravaganza yet, but at least it gives poor old Keith and Steve something to look forward to!
Some of the more delicate herbs in the ‘bbq herb bed‘ aren’t looking too hot.
The sages and common rosemary plants are all looking robust and healthy, but the poor basil and oregano plants are brown and crispy!
I made myself a list of all the ones that needed replacing and took myself off to the garden centre.
Umm… while I was there, I was suddenly struck by the vision of a whole mass of lavender in one section of our raised bed, just near to the outside seating area. I could almost smell the aromas and hear the bumblebees buzzing.
That’s when I woke up from my dream and realised I’d spent *ahem* quite a lot of money on lavender plants!
I was extreeeemely tempted by the most beautiful tulips in the shops yesterday.
Bright, clean, fresh colours.
My complete favourite for spring-time indoor flowers.
I was all ready to buy the most gorgeous bunch when…
…a voice in my head made me think twice.
(My mother’s voice)!
‘You can’t buy tulips before the daffodils are out. It’s un-natural.’
What is your view? Should I support the natural order of nature? Or should I kick natural order to the kerb and give in to my tulip-love extra early?