In a Vase on New Year’s Day – dogs, woods and walks 

‘It’s never too late in life to have a genuine adventure’ Robert Kurson, author (1963– ) Happy New Year everyone, may your 2018 be happy and healthy.  We’ve been down south to visit my Mum, and only got back to Salford for Hogmanay, so I decided to pick plants from both gardens. I cut some […]

In a Vase on Monday – Love, fire and determination

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Ann Landers (1918-2002) American Advice Columnist For various reasons, which I won’t go into right now, we have barely […]

In a Vase on Monday – first and latest fuchsias

In search of my Mother’s garden, I found my own.  Alice Walker, writer (1942- ) Hardy fuchsias are tough – mine have been flowering well, despite very wet and windy weather in Manchester.  By the time I got outside, in daylight, to pick the fuchsias the rain had pulverised the flowers on two of the […]

(Not) In a Vase on Monday – Remembering the gentle giant

My Chap and I are away in Cornwall this week – the beautiful coastline, countryside and gardens are replenishing my soul – along with some great fish cooked by My Chap :-).  I’ve been reflecting on what a momentous year this has been – I’ve found more inner resilience than I knew I had. I’m […]

Deeds not words, inspiring women, love

‘Deeds not Words’ Motto of Women’s Social and Political Union founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and five women 10th October 1903 An update on my  #100happydays challenge – from  November 2015 29/100 Cottonopolis WI meeting – all about Suffragettes  It was our monthly meeting for Cottonopolis WI – we eat cake, chat and have a lot of fun.  […]

#100happydays challenge 14-20 food, music, Victoria baths

An update on my  #100happydays challenge – http://100happydays.com/ from last month. In mid October, I went back to my normal life after a lovely week in Lisbon – and it was eclectic.  Some gardening, music, good food with friends and visiting the Victoria Baths in Fallowfield, Manchester. 14/100 – Our birthday meal in Smiths, Eccles   My birthday […]

In a Vase on Monday – sunny yarrow, oranges and reds

This week the weather has been pretty wet in Manchester, we’ve even had two monsoon rainstorms today.  I decided to pick the brightest flowers in my garden today to help cheer myself up: An orange rose – it’s the only rose I have in my garden – it’s been flowering all summer in the front garden […]

In a vase on Monday – sweetpeas

Everything has really caught up with me this week and I am full of a horrible cold.  We had a wonderful day at Tatton Park Flower Show  on Friday– so much inspiration for our garden, but it was a very long day.  I knew I was going down with something nasty as I couldn’t smell […]

In a vase on Monday – pinks, purples, white and yellow and a bit of crystal

The sun has been out today in Manchester and I’ve been planting some of the plants we bought at Bodnant Gardens yesterday. Here’s my ‘In a vase on Monday’ which is hosted every week by Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden. She’s got lovely roses and alot of pink and white in her vase […]