January “mood board”

Inspired by my sister (somethingimade) who pointed me towards some blogs using the tag mood board, I went out into the garden last weekend to see if I could cheer myself up.

I wasn’t hopeful to be honest, however I found lots of interesting stuff.

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There are so many different shapes of seed head still giving food for the birds. Clemitis, teasel, sweet william, sedums, hollyhocks, knapweed, hogweed that I missed I removed as many of the flowers as I could find last summer before they went to seed, trying to reduce the quantity of them in the garden!… and some kind of yellow thistle thing…
The polytunnel has just that little bit more warmth, so the fennel I harvested last year but left the roots in has sprouted lots of lovely feathery shoots, also in there is flowering feverfew.
The red pelagonium (geranium) is from the porch, where I am trying to keep the plant alive, as is the alyssum which is hanging on in there.
The hogweed is from the open garden, luckily the only one growing at the moment!
Lovely berries/hips from the Hawthorn all over the garden, Kiftsgate rose I have growing on a fence, honeysuckle, and St Johns wort, self sown by the birds.
Pansies, Heather Catkins from the hazel and Winter Jasmine flowering at about the right time, the pansies seem to be food for the slugs (or something else with an appetite!) and a supposedly Autumn flowering Cherry that has been seriously confused in the 5 or so years since planting!
Lovely stem colour from the dogwood, and a yellow stemmed willow, both need cutting soon, before they start to grow too much, however I can’t bear to loose the colour yet so they’ll have to wait, hopefully it won’t effect their growth this year too much.
Of course in the vegetable garden I still have a load of brassicas, Russian Kale, Cavelo Nero, Purple sprouting broccoli (not sprouting yet!) cabbages and some calabrese in the polytunnel hanging on. The leeks have been brilliant this year, deserving of a post on their own!SL701585

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Christmas presents No.3

So we don’t do presents for adults, (see last Jan post) but TOWPCOE’s sister forgot that and went completely mad, in a very nice way of course!
I carried the present home, well I nearly did, half way I did a very unusual thing and accepted a lift from the ‘village’ the 1/4 mile or so home…
Christmas present No.2 was a massive (10lb) chicken which turned up courtesy of a friend in town on the 23rd Dec with no warning. It made a great meal when our second guest turned up on Christmas eve and will be lovely when we defrost what was left.
Anyway Christmas morning came and we were thinking about smoked salmon canapes and which alcohol to start on, when we remembered the present…SL701503
Spanish Jamon (and the stand).
A great addition to the meat consumption over the festivities, we’ve had a little every day, it’s still going and hopefully will for some time, especially now we know to keep the fat to place over the cut part of the meat, it is sitting wrapped in a tea towel on the counter. YUM YUM.
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Christmas presents No.1

So as you may know or have read from last year’s post we don’t do many presents for Christmas… Bah Humbug!
However when stocking up in the pre-Christmas mayhem we noticed the catnip toys for sale, (rather expensive!) so bought a bag of the herb.
Bringing in the shopping suddenly the cat had a new head!SL701487small
“Where is it? I’m sure it’s here somewhere!”SL701492small
“Why have they put it in a sock?”
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“Where am I? What was I doing?”