Sunday, 27 January 2013

A Bit of a Twit

Today is the second and last day of the Big Garden Birdwatch and I carried out our count as the showers blew in in pulses this morning.  I didn't capture any bird shots but in a sunny interval I captured these cheery new arrivals in the garden

 In fact the primroses appeared before the recent bout of snow. How cheerful they are.

Winter Flowering Cherry has been living up to its name:
Cherry Blossom

Here's a batallion of Daffodils I planted up last autumn ready for deployment in their mobile home.

But why do I feel a bit of a twit?  It's not the birds.  I've set up a Twitter account, and I don't know what to do with it. I will now try to add a link to this post, but I don't know which way around to play it.  Twitter first  or blog.  To make matters worse I've also activated the link to my (rather dormant) Facebook account at the same time. Again I'm not sure how this is going to link up with my other blogging activities.  It's all a bit to much for me to take on board, but I guess I can pull the plug on any of these links if it all gets too much.  Anybody willing to give an old Luddite a hint or two about how these facilities link up?

Here, I hope is the Twitter link: Malagrowther1

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Fun in the Snow

Sledging at Craiglockhart

And what better winter warmer is there than a bowl of artechoke soup?

First locate your artechokes:

Spot the artechokes
 That;s why I don't chop them down to ground level.
Mining underway


Enough for soup!

Great when the temperature drops outside - but not so good for wind!

Today the snow eased up. But from the forecast there's more working up the east coast and due to arrive tomorrow rush hour. Many schoolchildren have got their fingers crossed.

Snow easing up???

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Record Book

Waking up to snow falling this morning I've cancelled my plans for a trip to the plot.  Instead I'm doing a bit New Year Resolution tidying and sorting. I came a cross this, published in 1964. It's probably the first book I owned! It's missing most the photos as the binding broke a long time ago.

I also turned up this:

also with a number of loose leaves, although these are additional notes receipts labels etc that I have tucked in between the pages.  I have other gardening note books too.   Too many and too many different formats.  They all have one thing in common, they stop in May!  Just as well I've got my blog to keep track of progress once the cropping starts!

Monday, 7 January 2013

Ring Out the Old...

Couldn't resist this scene in a shop window in Innerleithen a week ago

Move over Christmas
Remember my allotment - It's still there and enjoying the warm spell I discovered yesterday.

Something new:  Alliums

So are the pigeons now that the brassica net has been lifted (in the expectation of snow!!!)

Something old: Pigeon pecked brassica

So far so good.